Story from the Andalusia Star News
By: Kendra Majors
Those interested in becoming Make-A-Wish wish granters will have the opportunity to learn more about it locally.
Valerie Gerber, director of development and marketing, said that she received such a positive response from the Covington County community after she took the job that they decided to hold the training in Andalusia.
“It is one of only three in the state,” she said. “The others are in Birmingham and Mobile,” she said. “We really need more wish granters in the Andalusia-Dothan regions, as we currently have 19 children waiting on their wishes in this area.”
According to the Make-A-Wish website, wish granters act as liaisons between wish children and the Make-A-Wish office. A wish granter meet with the wish child and his or her family to plan their one special wish.
“We have some open slots for the training,” Gerber said.
The training is set for Feb. 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“RSVP is required since space is limited,” she said. “But I hate for us to have even one empty spot if that spot could potentially go to someone who could grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.”
Just last August, Straughn student Gordie Cartwright received his wish from the Alabama Make-A-Wish foundation.
Cartwright’s game – “Tower or Conquest: For Glory” — was developed by Obsidian Entertainment in Los Angeles.
Cartwright was diagnosed with chronic myelogenus leukemia, which is a form of cancer that starts inside the bone marrow and causes uncontrolled growth of immature cells that make a certain type of white blood cells called myeloid cells.
The event will be held at Comfort Care Hospice.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
To register, email Sarah Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.