At Make-A-Wish, March is special because we celebrate both Social Work Month and Child Life Month. It’s an overdue opportunity to recognize two significant professions – pediatric social workers and child life specialists! What is their role in the healing process for children?
In hospitals and medical centers, both professions provide support to families while making it easier to navigate the difficult time for the child. They are often the pillars of stability in hospitals. While doctors may change from one hospital unit to the next, the social worker and child life specialist remain constant.
Theresa McQuillan, an inspirational wish mom, shares her family’s wish journey, why she decided to Wish It Forward and her advice for women thinking about getting involved with helping wish kids.
Q: A mother never aspires to have the title of Wish Mom. Tell us more about the journey that brought you here?
A: I have four children, Steven is the youngest. He was 10 years old when he came home from school complaining of a stomach ache. From there, his illness escalated very quickly, and he went from a talkative, energetic child to barely speaking. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and seemingly overnight, doctors told us that Steven had hours to live.