As a reverend, jumping head first into helping her community wasn’t anything new for Terri Engle. She first became involved because of her husband’s love of hiking! He found the Trailblaze Challenge, and she decided to volunteer for the event while he hiked. Now, Terri regularly volunteers at the finish line for every hike during the Trailblaze Challenge, while her husband either hikes as a participant or as a hike leader. When Terri saw that a Wish Granter Training session was coming up, she jumped at the chance to start making a bigger impact with Make-A-Wish.
For Terri, her favorite part of the wish granting process is hearing back from the parents after the wish has happened. “Wishes are not just a one-time bonus in their lives,” she explains, “the wish experience lives on for a lifetime, and in some cases, is life-changing.” When asked about her most rewarding moment as a volunteer, she talks about hearing a wish kid say “this is the best day ever” after finding out her wish was being granter.
As for her favorite event she has attended, Terri said that attending Lobsterman and Master Builder movie premiere, a movie starring two of our wish kids as their own superheroes, was incredible. Volunteers like Terri help Make-A-Wish go above and beyond for the wish kids and their families. For Terri especially, she has been a bright, shining light for the Central and Western North Carolina Chapter.