According to Katie, Jared knew right away what his one true wish would be. He had to coach the Minnesota Vikings! “While we were in Minnesota, Jared got to coach the Vikings at a practice and they actually used his plays in the game during the following day.” Katie said.
Although Jared’s wish was a lot of fun and the Vikings ended up with a clutch victory thanks to his crafty plays, Katie had a different idea in mind for her wish. She wanted to go somewhere much warmer than Minnesota!
“I wished to go to Hawaii! While we were there, I got to swim with dolphins, go to a luau, and snorkel.” Reflecting back on her wish, Katie said, “The dolphin swim was my favorite thing about my wish! My dolphin’s name was Kolohe. In Hawaiian, that means rascal which matches my personality. So I knew we were made for each other.”
Despite enduring multiple complications from her condition, Katie refused to give up in large part thanks to her wish. “I was so impacted by my wish that I want to give back to Make-A-Wish. Before my wish, I was too shy to go anywhere without my parents but, right after it, my whole spirit changed... Now I do everything for Make-A-Wish. I ride in rodeos and fly my Make-A-Wish flag to let people know about this amazing organization.” Katie had been such an active voice in the community that in 2014 she was honored with the highest volunteer award Make-A-Wish had to offer, the Lori Schultz Indomitable Spirit Award.
Since her wish was granted in 2012, Katie has been giving back to Make-A-Wish by being a tremendous Wish Ambassador and the face of the Oklahoma chapter during local events. “I want other kids to get the hope, strength, and joy to fight their illness like I did. It’s a special power that you get from your wish. I want other kids to have this same feeling.”
Keep up with Katie’s adventures and advocacy for Make-A-Wish on her Wish Ambassador facebook page at http://bit.ly/2o1frZq