The Impact of a Wish
Cattie Clifft, Member Class 2020
My relationship with Make-A-Wish started when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when I was 22 months old. I had been receiving treatment for three and a half years when Make-A-Wish reached out to me and my family. As any smart three-year-old would, I wished to swim with Snow White. The people of Make-A-Wish worked their magic and my family and I were granted the opportunity to take a Disney Cruise and, of course, I got to swim with Snow White. While I was granted my wish at a young age, its impact is something that I have carried with me throughout my life and even more so during my years as a Chi Omega.
While something like a Disney Cruise may seem trivial in my battle with cancer, its impact on my family was anything but. Make-A-Wish gave my family the ability to spend time together outside of hospitals, treatment facilities and doctor’s appointments that had become such a large part of our life.
Being a member of Chi Omega has only deepened my relationship with Make-A-Wish. Getting to pour into an organization that poured so much into me and my family is something I cherish so much and is one of the reasons that Chi Omega stuck out to me so much during my recruitment process. Each year, getting to grant wishes for kids who are in similar situations to mine is one of the most rewarding things I get to do as a Chi O and I am so so grateful for the opportunity to share my love for Make-A-Wish with my closest friends and sisters.