The purpose of this interactive report is to educate the community about Make-A-Wish® and the true power of a wish. As you navigate through the report, you can learn about the organization's history, types of wishes, annual events, ways to get involved, and most importantly, meet wish kids and hear their stories. This report was part of my COM590 capstone course project. You can learn more about me and my inspiration for this project below.

Meet the creator

I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and wish brother. I received my master’s degree in Interactive Media from Elon University this past May and since then have been working at McKinney in Durham as the agency’s presentation designer.

After receiving a BFA in Theatre Arts from Elon in 2015, I worked for two years in the university’s admissions office before deciding to pursue my love of art and design. Elon’s 10-month intensive master’s program helped enhance my portfolio and refine my skills, while challenging me to think (and design) outside the box. This capstone project is a culmination of all I have learned in grad school and beyond being a class project, is all about an organization very near and dear to my heart. View more of my work on my online portfolio.

Meet the little girl who inspired it all

My little sister, Bella, is my inspiration. She is an incredible little girl who has been through so much in her nine years on earth. Bella has Down syndrome and at the age of three - when I was a first year in college - she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. For several years she fought her battle with cancer, and I am happy to share that today she is healthy and in remission. During one of the roughest parts of her chemo treatment, Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina granted her wish to go to DisneyWorld. It was by far the happiest I had ever seen her and was a truly life-changing experience for not only her, but our entire family. She is the inspiration for this project. And a true inspiration for me every day.

Make-A-Wish® has done so much for Bella and my family. This project is one small way of giving back and hopefully inspiring more people to get involved in their local chapter.