Ello! My name is Lindsay. I recently accepted a position in the marketing department with Kids Wish Network. This morning I was asked; “Why do you want to work with Kids Wish Network?”. This was my favorite of the series of questions I was confronted with on the day of my interview.
I am excited to be working at Kids Wish Network not only because I am a graphic designer, and I have been searching for an opportunity to utilize my skills with an organization that would be receptive to that, but also because I am really excited for the things KWN has to offer. As you know, Kids Wish Network grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, and this is something that hits close to home for me.
My brother, Hunter, was born with a terminal skin condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa, sixteen years ago. When Hunter was born I was 7 years old; my entire perspective changed. Hunter changed the way I looked at people. He goes through a struggle every single day, he doesn’t have a choice! Hunter taught me that you can’t take things for granted. People have children all the time, some families have multiple, healthy children, and we take things, such as having healthy children, for granted. Because they don’t understand the struggle of a sick child, they sometimes stare at kids in a wheelchair. For me, instead of staring, Hunter has taught me to smile, hold the door for them so they can get through, and take that extra step to make them comfortable.
Eight months ago I had my son, Vinny. His father, John, was very naive to the fact that birth defects and other major illnesses DO actually happen….for John it was only something he heard about, or saw on TV. For me, it was a reality. I had grown up with a child with a life-threatening skin disease and I was very aware of reality. When I was 18 weeks pregnant, John and I found out our little Vinny had a birth defect called Gastroschisis. To make a long story short, he was born with his “guts” on the outside of his body. We spent a total of 48 days in the NICU when Vinny was born. We were devastated to see our tiny baby lying in an incubator, relying on machines and medication to keep him alive. We were even more devastated to see the other children in the hospital come and go; some didn’t have a chance to go home. It was definitely another life-changing experience.
When I found out what Kids Wish Network was all about, I knew I wanted to be a part of the organization. I want to dedicate my time to help make children happy. I want these kids to know that they do have a voice, even when they can’t speak. I want these kids to know they leave a trail, even when they can’t walk. I want to help make a difference in somebody’s life. I want to be a part of that movement. And here I am, personally experiencing the Kids Wish Network difference.