Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for visiting our fundraising page. In honor of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma's upcoming 35th anniversary, we have been enlisted to serve as one of 35 Wish Champions across the state in a year-long celebration. Our goal is to raise $3,500.00, which will directly benefit Oklahoma kids with life-threatening medical conditions.
Our relationship with the mission of Make-A-Wish is very meaningful and began many years ago. In August 1998, I recall my dad showing me an article in the newspaper about a girl diagnosed with cancer. She had lost all her hair and unfortunately our school wouldn't allow her to wear a hat. I had volunteered to show new students around the school and my dad encouraged me to seek her out and introduce myself. That's just what I did. Her name was Cassie Hendon and we became friends. I recall her missing school at times, exchanging letters and then a few years later, signing her casket while the song "Yellow" by Coldplay played in the background.
A few years later, as part of my year-long senior project, I fundraised for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Along with the fundraiser, I wrote a research paper about Neuroblastoma, and visited Cassie's mom multiple times to interview her. I vividly remember taking my mom's old tape recorder to document the interview. She shared with me how this illness had completely rocked their lives and I never forgot the perspective this gave me.
Fast forward another year and I am attending Oklahoma State University, where I have joined the Chi Omega sorority, whose national alliance with Make-A-Wish would have a direct impact on my career. In 2008, a year after graduating, I began working at Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. I fell in love with the mission. Then, a year later I fell in love with Zack. We met because of a very special wish child named Gavin. Zack heard about Gavin's story through a mutual friend at work and sent me an e-mail telling me he wanted to help. He made a donation and then a few days later we met face-to-face. Now, Zack would probably admit that when he later decided to become a volunteer, spending time together was part of his motivation :) However, that very first donation was a sincere act of generosity that helped bring us together. We now wholeheartedly believe that when you donate your hard-earned dollars or valuable time to help someone else in need, you will also benefit in some way. Gavin eventually passed away and for me, that has always been a painful possibility for those that Make-A-Wish serves. The fact that this child's circumstances allowed Zack and I to meet proved to me that good always comes out of tragedy. That is a life-long lesson I carry with me, especially during hard seasons in my life. So now you see why I love this organization so much. And more than that, just want to encourage you to be part of something bigger than yourself.
A wish creates hope, strenth and joy for a child that might otherwise not have any. In the 6 years I worked for Make-A-Wish, I saw wishes transform lives. Since leaving Make-A-Wish to stay home full-time with our son, Zack and I continue to support this organization in whatever way we can. I would love for you to partner with me and Zack to reach our goal of raising $3,500.00 for Oklahoma wish kids. We believe in the mission and adore the brave children who will benefit from your donation. Should you want to get involved further, vist www.oklahoma.wish.org, call (405) 286-4000 or reach out to me and Zack! We love sharing the mission with friends.
Katie and Zack Robinson
Garrett & Aimee Benton
Michele and Jeff Bentley
Mr. Kolby Vaverka
Brynn & Everly Bush
Gerald & Anita Ray
"The Harts", Kevin, Leslie, Kaitlyn & Bryce
Ms. Hasini M
Katie and Zack Robinson
Lee Ann & Joe Bybee
You guys ROCK! <3 Michelle
Myranda Faulkner~Cassie's little sister