As a wish-granting volunteer she has granted over 20 wishes, serving kids and families from across our community. She is a member of the Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York Board of Directors as well as Co-Chair of the chapter’s Women’s Council, which recently raised over $130,000 at their signature event, Runway to Wishes, at Kleinfeld. Her inspiration for becoming such a passionate supporter came from a very personal place: her own experience with a critical illness.
Emma was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015 and has undergone two craniotomies and a seemingly endless array of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. She knows that she is one of the lucky ones, with an incredibly supportive family, friends who have always been eager to help, and wonderful healthcare.
While still in treatment she attended a Make-A-Wish event in New York with her friend, celebrity photographer and wish-granter Nigel Barker. The mission resonated with her and she knew it was an organization she wanted to help.
“I immediately related to the healing aspect of having something happy to look forward to. It’s important to have something to distract you and take your mind off the immense worry and stress of the illness,” said Emma. “For these children, a wish isn’t just a nice, heartwarming experience. It’s a necessity that gives them the stamina to face their illness and fight it.”
Her role as a wish granter is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things she has ever done. “It’s always thrilling to get the incredible photos wish families send and to see the smiles on the faces of their parents. They are so grateful for the chance to step away from their stress and make amazing memories.”
We asked Emma what advice she would give to girls who want to make an impact on the world.
“That’s simple. Always be kind. You can always make someone’s day better with kindness. When you open your heart and help someone else, you are making a huge difference in the world.”
Thank you, Emma, for all you do. You are making a difference every day.