Imagine you were a child with leukemia. Imagine if nobody knew how much longer you were going to live.
Imagine you had one wish, one thing you wanted to do, one thing you wanted to see, one place you wanted to go.
Now, imagine that someone granted that one wish, that one desire.
Welcome to what the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas does, with the help of the TCU chapter of the Chi Omega sorority.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants “wishes” for children with life-threatening medical conditions. The foundation has been Chi Omega’s national philanthropy since 2000.
Members of Chi Omega said they felt passionately about the work that Make-A-Wish does.
Senior strategic communication major Brooke Young said she thinks what Make-A-Wish does is incredible and that she has always loved Make-A-Wish.
“Make-A-Wish was something I got involved with freshman year and I fell in love with it and I have been a part of it ever since,” she said.
Amanda Jordan, who also works as the development intern at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, said she took on a bigger role with Make-A-Wish after learning about the foundation through her sorority.
“[Make-A-Wish] is the best cause ever,” the junior strategic communication major said. “Granting wishes for kids with life threatening medical conditions is just really selfless.”
Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas Development Officer Emily Watson said she really enjoyed getting to work with Chi Omega.
“It truly is one of my favorite parts of my job,” she said. “They have such a fresh perspective on fundraising and such an enthusiasm for our mission.”
The TCU chapter of Chi Omega raised about $25,000 to grant wishes during this year alone, she said. The chapter had also raised more than $200,000 over the past ten years with Make-A-Wish.
Young said the TCU chapter puts on two events to help raise money for Make-A-Wish: an auction during the sorority’s parents’ weekend and a softball tournament for fraternities on campus known as “Frats at Bat."
Jones said one of the little girls whose wish had been granted came and visited the sorority at their auction. The girl’s wish had been to go to Disney World.
“The Make-A-Wish [chairperson] was dancing with the little girl,” she said. “The girl told us about her trip to Disney World and was wearing her little princess gown she had gotten on her shopping spree.”
Jordan said she would encourage everyone to get involved with Make-A-Wish.
“If you’re interested in kids or if you’re interested in happiness, then you should definitely get involved,” she said.