After participating in the 2013 GUTS pumpkin carving competition, Jordan Stevens couldn’t wait to get more involved with the event and Make-A-Wish. He felt drawn to support the organization in honor of his childhood friend Drew who received a wish to go to Hawaii a year before he passed away from cancer. We’re excited to feature Jordan during the month of November and everything he has done to develop the GUTS event!
In 2017, Jordan joined a Make-A-Wish young professionals committee to help plan the future GUTS events. Jordan explains, “GUTS isn’t just a pumpkin carving contest, a fundraising auction, or a fall festival—it is a unique fusion that truly puts the fun in fundraising.”
Jordan describes his most rewarding moment with Make-A-Wish to date as the day that he received an email profiling the first wish that had been granted with fundraising from the first GUTS event he helped manage. He explains, “The photo of a little boy with his arms stretched out to hug Stitch, who he'd wished to meet at Disney World, really got me. Each time I receive one of those profiles, I'm reminded how worthwhile it all is.”
If he could have one wish, Jordan would wish to attend the Oscars with his wife. He explains, “I think it would be amazing to sit in a room full of so many talented, smart and funny people – who you spend your whole life knowing but rarely ever meet in person – and just make conversation.” Jordan often recites the Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” Jordan strives to live his life through this prayer and hopes to master it one day.