She has granted many wishes from trips to California and the Florida theme parks to wishes for dogs to major shopping sprees, which she loves.
More than having the fun and meaningful experiences, Dana said the best thing about being a wish granter is getting to meet the wish kids and their families — being involved with them as they embark on their wish journey.
“With Make-A-Wish, that’s the beauty – you get to be in the middle of everything,” Dana said.
While every wish is one-of-a-kind, Dana recalls one particular experience that will stay in her heart forever: Lincoln’s wish for a sheriff’s play house.
“It was the hardest wish I ever worked on,” Dana said about the project, “It took the most effort and work, but in the end it was really beautiful and really fun. The Weber County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse staged big shoot out in his back yard and it turned out to be something really special.”
But one thing that made the sheriff’s playhouse wish unique was the love and dedication of the family. According to Dana, it’s the families that make all the difference.
Dana has internalized the mission of Make-A-Wish, understanding the kind of connection it takes to bring the sense of communal support and caring a family needs to get through their hard times.
“Just knowing that our mission happened for someone — it works out the way we hope it will. Having a happy family at the end just makes it worth it,” she said.
The family connection is something Dana has brought into her own home — her whole family is made up of Make-A-Wish volunteers! Her children grew up helping make wishes come true, and it’s still an experience they share today.
After years of experience, Dana said “The families are what really make it special.”
Fun Facts: Dana also enjoys creating art and is passionate about her hobby, glass staining.