Today I went to the Make-A-Wish Central New York office and was overcome with joy in regards to my project.
I've long been an admirer of Make-A-Wish and the work they do, but being in their office, seeing photos of little kids and talking about this project gave me chills. To be able to help such an organization is humbling!
Unfortunately Diane was out of the office, but I met with Dyana and was given a tour of the offices. We sat by the fireplace sipping our drinks and introduced ourselves. I explained my goals and expectations, and she explained what they hoped to gain in the video.
After a while, Dyana began to describe the story to me: Jack Sheridan, a 17-year old student from Manlius, gave up his wish and requested that the money from his project be used to build his school a new baseball diamond instead. I was inspired by Jack's selflessness just hearing Dyana speak.
We continued to tour the offices and map out a plan to move forward. As I drove home from the meeting, I continued to think about Jack and his story. By the time I returned to campus, I had fallen in love with the project. I've already mapped out countless different ways to tell his story and I am passionate to move forward!