New USU service club approved
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 23:10
The club was approved Tuesday afternoon by ASUSU officers. The official mission of the club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”
Cameron Brock, the club’s president, said he wanted to start the club because he has seen firsthand the relief Make-A-Wish could bring to people who are suffering.
Brock, a sophomore majoring in biology, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in April 2008 at age 16. The following year, Make-A-Wish provided Brock and his family with a trip to Reno, Nev., where they met the band Journey.
“For me, I think Journey was just kind of the cherry on top, but the best part was to spend a week with my family without having to worry about needles or chemo or doctors’ visits, not worrying about money or anything like that,” Brock said.
Another USU student who has been affected by the Make-A-Wish program is Kim Hanni, a senior in family consumer sciences education. She said her sister had a tumor above her eye and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, another type of bone cancer.
Hanni, like Brock, appreciated the freedom she felt while on vacation with her family.
“The best part about it wasn’t the actual trip to Hawaii,” Hanni said. “It was to not think about the hospital for a week, to not think about what’s wrong with my sister. It was just good to be together and have that time where her cancer wasn’t an issue anymore.”
Hanni said her sister is now in remission, but seeing how much the experience meant to her family made her want to give back, so she began to volunteer.
Karl Folland, an officer for the new club and a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, said he was friends with Brock when he was diagnosed and made his wish. Folland said he started off with a few volunteer projects and decided to become more involved.
“As students, our biggest debate with ourselves is, ‘Do I have enough time to do this?’” Folland said. “But they don’t demand that much of you. You can help with fundraising, actually granting a wish or just participating in activities. A lot of times people don’t volunteer because they don’t know how to, but the club will help with raising awareness of what Make-A-Wish is and how easy it is to get involved.”