Make-A-Wish is thrilled to recognize our wonderful volunteers of the month, Nate Bradley and Reggie Martin. Nate has been living in Plano for 1.5 years, but lived in various parts of the country prior to moving to Plano. Nate is currently working as a Business Analyst at Intuit, and he is also the community charity chair for the Plano site. He and his wife Jessica have a one year old black lab named Cooper, and he is absolutely amazing. Nate is a big fan of college football and the Seattle Mariners. He has volunteered for most of his life, and is grateful for this wonderful opportunity to give back. Reggie grew up in southern Louisiana, but has lived in the DFW area for over 25 years. She has 2 daughters, Brittany & Taylor, a 5 year old grandson, Robinson. Reggie lives with her life partner, Tim, and his son, Dylan. She has a long career in Human Resources and is currently the HR Site Leader at Intuit’s Plano location. She is a Texas Rangers & Dallas Stars Fan and enjoys traveling to Napa Valley often as the wine country is a passion of hers. Giving back is part of who Reggie has always been and she feels fortunate to be involved with Make-A-Wish.
How long have you been involved with Make-A-Wish and how did you first get started?
Nate got involved when Reggie brought a wish opportunity to Intuit about a year ago. He hopped onboard and feel in love instantly. He was amazed by the impact that Make-A-Wish volunteers were making and he felt good being involved with the Make-A-Wish mission. Nate and Reggie are currently leading the company team for the Wish 100 cycling event, and they also recruit other Intuit employees to join the wish granting team.
Reggie got involved years ago because one of her lifelong friends had an amazing experience as a wish parent, and that friend became a wish granter herself. Susan was a great example for Reggie, and this opportunity is a way for Reggie to pay-it-forward for others that deserve the same experience. She has seen what a difference the wish experience makes in the lives of the wish family AND the volunteers.
Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience.
Nate & Reggie were recently able to bring Make-A-Wish to work in a big way. They had the opportunity to reveal a wish to a special kid, Ryder, in front of the entire Intuit Plano team. More than 300 coworkers and their families helped them as they told Ryder about his trip to Disney World. This was an amazing experience!
What tips or advice do you have for others not sure about getting involved?
The biggest selling point was the ability to make a difference in the life of every child during a critical point in their journey. While it still is a serious illness that effects the child’s life, many children bounce back and lead very fulfilling lives. Make-A-Wish helps children AND their families through this tough process with some hope, magic, and love that can’t be replicated anywhere else.