As I sit here at my desk, surrounded by memories, I can’t help but reminisce about when my husband Mark and I first started this charity. All of these years have been amazing and when I think about what we’ve accomplished for so many children, all I can do is smile and say, “Wow!”
It’s been 13 glorious years since we founded Kids Wish Network in 1997. Since then, there have been no regrets, only accomplishments. As I often tell my children: “Never say you wish you could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done…just do it!” And we have. We’ve created a beautiful legacy not only for our family, but also for the thousands of families we’ve served over the years.
When Kids Wish Network began, our intent was not to be the biggest wish-granting organization, but to be the best at what we do. We endeavored to provide unique and important services to deserving children and their families that were not available anywhere else. Our programs positively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of children every year.
Mark and I began to sense strongly that the work that had consumed us for the past 13 years was largely finished. With a lot of thought and consideration, Mark and I came to the decision to relinquish the “reins” of Kids Wish Network and retire. Through teamwork, tenacity and our entrepreneurial spirit, we surpassed our goals and wildest dreams in every way. We are gratified to have been able to touch the hearts of so many families, which is a feeling that most people will never be able to imagine. The irony is that making the dreams of others a reality fulfilled our own dreams.
We are now proud to introduce the new Executive Director of Kids Wish Network: Alicia Argiz-Lyons, who is ready, willing and able to carry on Kids Wish Network’s legacy of kindness. We also have a team of executive managers more than capable of rising to any challenge as well as a dedicated staff that includes an amazing amount of diverse talent certain to further the positive growth of the charity.
Embracing change and looking for the positives that are always present, but not always evident, is an essential part of life. Believe it or not, many of the important programs at Kids Wish Network were developed in response to changing conditions that many felt were not positive! In other words, “attitude often determines altitude.”
That being said, my husband and I are looking forward to enjoying the next chapter in our lives, grateful to have the opportunity to create new memories with our family and look back on all we’ve done with a smile. We also look forward to participating as volunteers for Kids Wish and members of the Board of Advisors for years to come. We’re so excited to see what’s up next for Kids Wish Network! Some people say that “the sky’s the limit,” but here at Kids Wish Network we know that our limits know no bounds.
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.”