We are thrilled to honor Jackie and Jaime Mata as our volunteers of the month. They are both native to El Paso and have been married for almost 11 years. Their greatest love and joy in life is their four children, Rachael (10), Nicholas (7), Matthew (3), and Caroline (4 Months). They enjoy spending time together as a family and being involved in their children's activities. The Mata’s both work in their family businesses and enjoy being involved in their community. When describing why giving back is so important to them, Jackie and Jaime said, “Our parents have instilled a great example of always giving of themselves and of their resources to those in need. Giving back is something rooted deep in both our hearts and we hope to pass this asset along to our children.” We are so grateful for all that you do for Make-A-Wish, Jaime and Jackie!
How long have you been involved with Make-A-Wish and how did you first get started?
We have been actively involved with Make-A-Wish for about 3 years. We started our love for Make-A-Wish after our son Nicholas was diagnosed at the age of two with Neuroblastoma. Having gone through a cancer diagnosis with a child and experiencing the impacts involved with an ill child, the effects it has on siblings, and the difficult toll on marriages; you realize the importance of an escape. The gift of a wish restores life back into a child and his or her family.
Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience.
Being involved in the first two years of Walk for Wishes has been a rewarding experience. Watching such a great event evolve in our community is just amazing. We are looking forward to many more successful walks.
What tips or advice do you have for others not sure about getting involved?
It is an extremely rewarding and humbling experience to be able to give back to children and their families. Remaining connected to others going through unfavorable circumstances, helps one remain mindful and humble of what is truly important in life.