Jeffers was 10 years old when his wish was granted to go to the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Six years later, a healthy and thriving Jeffers is our Wishes in Flight Ambassador! In the words of Jeffers’ mother, here is what a wish means:
The only thing associated with treatment that the child gets to choose is a wish. The best diversion from the chemo and the needles and the procedures is to be thinking about that wish. No one is allowed to influence the wish. The child owns the process. That’s the first important stage.
The journey with Make-A-Wish begins with the wish granting volunteers. At first, when our volunteers heard Jeffers’ wish to go to the Beijing Olympics, they knew that it would be a very complicated one, involving international visas and hard-to-get tickets to various events. The volunteers made no promises. Many people were involved in making it happen, and after months of planning, it became a reality. Watching any Olympics, even on TV, is always thrilling, and to see it unfold in a country on the cusp of a new global role with a worldwide audience was exhilarating. But more important than watching three Americans sweep the 400 meter event was to see the pride and joy on our son’s face. That was the priceless moment.
Each year, hundreds kids like Jeffers travel with their families for a Make-A-Wish experience. They need your air miles. Donate your miles in April and help grant life-changing wishes this summer.