Congratulations to Make-A-Wish Vermont’s October 2014 Volunteer of the Month, John Prasch! John and his wife, Janice Wightman, are truly a dynamic duo of Wish Granting. Janice was recently honored for granting her 50th wish for Make-A-Wish Vermont, but husband John is also a Make-A-Wish superstar in his own right. John, who works for Dubois & King and Jiffy Mart, has been part of the Make-A-Wish Vermont family since 2007, granting 16 wishes in seven years!
Fellow Wish Granter Joe Larose said, “They say behind every good man is a good woman. In this instance, beside every great Wish Granter is another great Wish Granter. In my opinion, John Prasch fills that statement aptly. John has a unique role in not only does he provide a multi-layer of support for Make-A-Wish Vermont, he also provides additional support on the home front allowing Janice to function on behalf of Make A Wish, too. As a co-Wish Granter with John, I have seen the patience in a wish meeting to provide the insightful questioning and directed conversations to provide our Wish Child and his family their one true wish.”
John will do whatever it takes to support Wish Kids and their families, even when a wish is postponed for several years. Due to his illness and a number of surgeries, Wish Kid Mathew was referred three years before he could take his dream trip to Walt Disney World. Mathew’s mom Candi said, “In this time period, John and Janice constantly mailed him small packages. They always seemed to arrive just the right time to brighten his day. They came to visit our home on several occasions and stayed in touch. A few days before we left, Mathew said if he could only get one souvenir, he wanted it to be Mickey ears with his name on it. They didn't even know this and brought it to him right before we left. Unbelievable how they could always read his mind.”
John’s dedication to Make-A-Wish even extends far beyond the borders of Vermont. In 2009, while on a trip to Australia, John and Janice connected with Make-A-Wish Australia and volunteered as airport greeters for a Wish Family. John Prasch lives the Make-A-Wish mission, and we thank him for his kindness, generosity, and deep commitment to Make-A-Wish Vermont!