As part of the organization's 25th Anniversary celebrations, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois announces Leaders In Joy, a list of those that have been an important part in making wishes come true. Among those being honored is Alton resident and Make-A-Wish volunteer, Norma Glazebrook.
In 1996, Norma began looking for ways to fill her time after her husband passed away. After reading about the Make-A-Wish Foundation needing volunteers, she decided to become a wish granter. She has worked with families in both Illinois and Missouri on behalf of Make-A-Wish, granting more than 225 wishes. Norma says that granting wishes has given her an inner pleasure that she is doing something for a child that has been less fortunate than others.
Always looking to spread awareness about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, Norma is also a member of the Foundation's Speakers Bureau and the chapter's Southern Illinois Regional Council. She served on the Missouri statewide Board of Directors for six years. Norma fills her time volunteering for the Foundation, as well as a variety of other local, state and national efforts.
"When I leave this world, I hope I have made it a better place, and most of all, I gave back for the privilege of being here," Norma says of many of her many charitable efforts.
"Norma is an important part of our presence in southern Illinois," said Laura Huerta, Community Relations Manager for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. "Her commitment to bringing joy to the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions is beyond compare and we are truly lucky that she has chosen to champion our mission in the area.
Wish Families consistently rate their experience with the Foundation as highly positive, with a 99% quality rating from Wish Families.