Healthy Living: Make-A-Wish Foundation brings happiness to a young cancer survivor
As the saying goes, if you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything. But your happiness is a close second. YNN’s Geoff Redick has one girl’s story.
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"At the beginning, you don't know where you're going with this. You've heard other experiences of other people, and they've been nightmarish," said Tony Fortunato, Victoria's father.
But the Fortunato family discovered happiness in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"The awesome social worker at the hospital, he brought it up to my family… They had the Wish Granters come here and we talked about what I wanted to do," said Victoria Fortunato, a young cancer survivor.
At Make-A-Wish training courses across the country, happiness is the theme. Wish Volunteers, like Jon Langfitt, learn to keep the Make-A-Wish Foundation going, doing business, fundraising, planning and public speaking.
"For me, I've always had a special place in my heart for children. It was just a natural progression to help kids in any way I could," said Jon Langfitt, a Wish Volunteer.
At this training, volunteers learn "Wish Writing," interviewing and telling the stories of Make-A-Wish kids.
"There is a big need for it. We have, just in the Western New York area, 155 wishes that were granted in the last fiscal year," said Gaby Sappington, Make-A-Wish Foundation.
With growth comes the need for more volunteers.
"Regardless of your time availability, and regardless of your interests or skill set, we have a volunteer role for you and we do need your help," said Sappington.
"We want this to be so special. We want this to be a memory that they will never forget," said Langfitt.
Victoria Fortunato will never forget her wish: a fun-packed family trip to Disneyworld. The whole story takes hours. Instead, she imparts a bit of learned advice:
"Never put too much bubbles in a Jacuzzi," she giggled.
Proof that happiness is only as far away...as a wish.