How long have you been involved with Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee?
My involvement with Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee began during my junior year of college in the fall of 2015 as the communication’s intern. I loved the organization and stayed as involved as I could even after my internship was over. In July 2016, I was hired as a full-time staff member.
What is your job? What do you do at Make-A-Wish?
I grant wishes! My official title is programs manager, so I plan the wish experiences for our wish kids. I coordinate a lot of travel, but I’ve also turned our wish kids into fashion designers, magicians and drummers. I’ve also helped them meet some of their favorite super heroes and celebrities.
What is your favorite wish story or experience?
One of my favorite wishes to plan was Joshua’s wish to go to the Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Magicians Conference. He wished for something very simple, and I thought that was so sweet.
Joshua had been practicing magic tricks most of his life, and he wanted to learn from other magicians at this conference. In order to create the best experience for him, we sent him to the conference with new magic tricks and a puppet so he could learn ventriloquism. Brooks Brothers even made him a custom tuxedo with his magician name, “J.J. the Illusionist,” stitched on the inside pocket. During one of the final nights of the conference, Joshua got to perform a magic show in front of everyone!
Joshua now has his own business cards and has booked a number of shows for different hospitals and nursing homes around Middle Tennessee.
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
I would wish to go to space, and I’m not talking about a simulated NASA experience. I want the REAL DEAL.