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Rachael Vacek

Meet Rachael

Rachael Vacek
Rachael Vacek, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
How long have you been affiliated with Make-A-Wish and in what capacity? 
I have been affiliated with Make-A-Wish since 2011 where I was a Chi Omega at UT Martin and that was our philanthropy. I loved the organization so much that I wanted to continue to do it in Nashville after I graduated.
What is your favorite wish story?
There is definitely not just one that I love. I love them all equally and how excited all of the families are. But, there was one wish I did for a young girl and then I saw her a couple years later at an event and she was cancer free and a teenager. I do love seeing them later in life and how amazing their journey is.
In what way have you seen the impact a wish can have on a child?
A huge impact! It truly gives them something to look forward to and always puts a huge smile on their face when they see you walk in the door or here you talking about it. They all just love being around the positivity of what the organization brings.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about being a volunteer?
Do it!! It is the most rewarding thing that I could’ve ever started doing. I can't imagine ever not doing it and being around these kids. It makes you so appreciative and just brings me so much happiness and joy seeing them so happy. The fact that you can bring someone a huge gift and to see their families gratefulness is just amazing. I can’t get enough of it no matter how busy I am in life.
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
To open up my own rescue animal shelter and to travel the world. Experience life to its fullest. I honestly don’t know what I would wish for. Just to keep being able to do what I do, live life, and bring smiles to others is amazing to me.

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