As fate would have it, Jessica Gryziec happened upon a flier for a Make-A-Wish Oregon volunteer information session, and on a whim decided to attend. 14 years later, Jessica has helped to fulfill dozens of local wishes and is dedicated to creating magic as one of our rock star volunteer wish granters.
"Make-A-Wish has filled my life with wonderful friends and I am so blessed and fortunate to continue to be part of the magic we create and the lives we change. I’ve said it since the beginning and I continue to say it, I get so much more from the foundation than I ever feel I could give. It’s changed my life and I know it will continue to do so."
"Right before my first meeting with a new wish kid, I like to take a few minutes in my car and I just remind myself what Make-A-Wish is or means to me. A lot of my wish visits take place after a long hard day at work so I have to give myself a few moments to put away ‘work Jessica’ and bring out ‘wish Jessica.’ There are a lot of different ways you can do this but I like to watch a video I took of a wish reveal, or see a picture of a wish kid they sent me while they were on their trip. Sometimes I just think for a few minutes about what it means that another wish child is getting ready to let me be part of a chapter of their life. And how special is that – that I get to be a guest in the tapestry of this young person’s story. And I try my best to leave behind me what I have going on in my world and I enter theirs and we talk about all their favorite things, and what they dream of, and who they are. And what a beautiful thing it is to get caught up in their world and in their dreams."