When Jasmine Duenez-Garcia was lucky enough to have a wish granted by Make-A-Wish Georgia, she knew she wanted her wish to be about others.
ATLANTA – When Jasmine Duenez-Garcia had the chance to make a wish come true, the team at Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta came to mind.
After being diagnosed at the age of 12 with acute mixed phenotype leukemia, Jasmine Duenez-Garcia began treatment at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center in 2017. She eventually needed a bone marrow transplant, and luckily his mother was finally able to give him the gift. of life.
The experience led to Jasmine being chosen for a Make-A-Wish Georgia. Now 16, Jasmine decided to use her wish to give back to the nurses and doctors at Children’s Hospital who saved her life.
As a result, Jasmine was able to create “Kindness Kits” and Make-A-Wish surprised Jasmine by donating 150 bags of gratitude to her care team. She even received her own Pearl of Courage for her Make a Wish Day.
But it was seeing the surprise of the children’s team that it was all worth it.
“They were so excited and surprised and very grateful,” Jasmine said. “Because they wouldn’t expect me to spend my wish on them, and I’m so glad I made them feel that sort of thing.”
Jasmine told 11Alive News the pandemic made her think of the staff at Children’s and everything they were going through. Make-A-Wish Georgia said children have used their wishes to give back, but this is the first time a wish recipient has honored frontline workers.
Jasmine said she just wanted to give back and help those who helped her, and she wants to keep that spirit of giving.