The ability to impact the lives of your peers can be powerful. For 17-year-old Bailey Surratt of Lingle Ft. Laramie, being able to give back has become a part of who she is.
At the age of 5, Bailey was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor. After nine months of treatment, Bailey was in remission and in 2006, her wish to go to Disney World was granted.
“Unless you have been through something that challenges your mortality and your ability to just be normal, it is probably hard to understand,” explained Surratt.
“To have my wish trip to focus on and look forward to, meant everything to me. It was my reward for having to go through what I did, and not getting to be normal.”
Now a senior in high school, Bailey has been a part of granting wishes for children just like her by being a part of Make-A-Wish Wyoming’s Kids for Wish Kids® Program.
“I was chosen as a representative my freshman year for student council and since then it has been my passion for making people aware of the Kids For Wish Kids Program and Make-A-Wish in general,” shared Surratt.
“It is such a fantastic feeling. It’s honestly hard to describe because the feeling of knowing that I have contributed to helping a child, who at one time I was, is one of the best feelings in the world.’’
A special thank you to the over 30 student groups like Bailey’s council from across the state who supported Wyoming wishes during the 2016 -2017 school year.
Lingle Ft. Laramie High School is an active participant in the Kids for Wish Kids® program offered through Make-A-Wish. This program encourages students, kindergarten through twelfth-grade, to raise money to grant the wishes of children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.
The Kids for Wish Kids program was first introduced in Wyoming in 2000 with five schools that raised $2,219 in the first year. In 2016, 30 schools from around the state of Wyoming participated in the Kids for Wish Kids® program while raising funds for Make-A-Wish Wyoming.
High school students have full creative liberty to plan and execute fundraising events within their schools and communities through the Kids for Wish Kids® program. The participating schools compete for awards and recognition at the Wyoming Association of Student Councils conference each fall.