Here at Kids Wish Network, we’re opening our doors and letting you in to check out our office staff and what we’re all about! Every week we will be giving a sneak peek into the work days of our very warm-hearted and special staff members. And now without further ado, we would like to officially welcome our friends, sponsors, and wish families to our new blog segment, Staff Scoop!
In the Hero Department, Jeannette is used to lots of paperwork and research. She speaks to child life specialists at our partner facilities, from which children are often nominated for hero awards, and spends much of her time going over and sorting through the nominations. One day turned out to be extra special for Jeannette when she received a photograph of a newly acclaimed hero, Gavin.
“My job puts a smile on kids’ faces!” Jeannette exclaims with pride as she shows off the photo.
She’s got quite a cheerful smile of her own.
As she looks through the hero nominations, she feels comfort in the fact that all of these kids have someone that’s there for them.
“We’re cheering for them, ya know. We’re rooting them on,” says Jeannette. “When someone nominates a child for the KWN Hero Program, it’s like telling them, ‘YOU are MY hero!’”
Jeanette describes her job at Kids Wish Network as “extremely rewarding.” While the stories that these heroic children have to share will tug at your heart strings, it is great to have such a happy side to it.
“You get to see these kids who have been through so much, but their spirits aren’t crushed.” Jeannette explains. “Many of them are known to visit other patients of the facilities and for always making their nurses laugh. The kids who are nominated are the ones who rise up above everything and stay positive and happy.”
That’s why the few photographs that Jeannette does receive truly put the icing on the cake. Here at Kids Wish Network, it’s all about making kids smile.