Meeting Serena via the Make-A-Wish Foundation was an extraordinary and life-changing experience. The story behind her journey to that fateful day is a brutally honest account of bravery and determination we can all take inspiration from. I certainly have.”
Darren Hayes, singer-songwriter
These inspiring stories captured by Rachelle Sparks will make your heart sing. Every child has a wish, and everyone should read this!”
Randy Gardner, 1979 World Champion Figure Skater
About the Author
Rachelle Sparks worked as an award-winning journalist for a daily newspaper in Prescott, Arizona, where she wrote stories about the unforgettable wish” families who became her inspiration for writing Once Upon A Wish. She then became a freelance writer for numerous publications, including Arizona Highways magazine and the Phoenix and San Francisco editions of 944 magazine, while venturing the country to interview and capture the stories of the families featured in this book. She lives with her husband, Bobby, and their two sons, Andrew and Evan, in San Diego. This is her first book.
Frank Shankwitz is a cofounder and first president/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, founded in 1980. Still actively involved, he is featured as keynote speaker for fundraising events at chapters across the country and has also served as a board member for the Arizona chapter. Shankwitz has been featured in numerous media outlets, including New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer's new book, Heroes For My Son, USA Weekend Magazine, The Huffington Post, Glenn Beck, and in newspaper articles around the world. Shankwitz is an Air Force veteran and retired as a detective from the Arizona Department of Public Safety with more than 32 years of service.