If Stephanie R. Coletti could, she would grant every wish ever expressed. Unfortunately, that isn’t within her power.
However, she can and does help make some wishes come true. Coletti is executive director of the Granted Wish Foundation in Plain Township.
“I have the best job in the world because there isn’t any greater pleasure than making people’s wishes come true,” she said. “We are not just for terminally ill children, but for everyone who has a wish. The wish just has to fall within our guidelines.”
The Granted Wish Foundation focuses on people of all ages in three mission categories — disadvantaged, disabled or deserving. People can nominate themselves or anyone they feel is deserving.
Each request is screened and researched to determine if it falls into one of the categories. Additional information may be requested.
The foundation’s board of governors reviews qualified requests and determine which will be granted.
The Granted Wish Foundation was founded in 2005 by Rodney L. Napier. It has granted such wishes as eye surgery for a young man with cystic fibrosis; a chance to sing with Kenny Rogers for a mentally challenged woman; participating in The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus for underprivileged children; and heating units for an animal shelter.
“We consider all wishes,” said Coletti. “It can be any wish at all — to have a celebrity touch someone’s life, the chance to travel to a faraway place, to provide a merciful medical procedure to make someone’s life happier, remodeling a room or a shopping spree. You name it and your wish will be considered.”
ABOUT GRANTED WISH FOUNDATION
WHO: The Granted Wish Foundation, 3939 Everhard Rd. NW, Plain Township; (330) 244-9474.
WHAT: Listens to wishes of disabled, disadvantaged and deserving individuals and families
BOARD MEMBERS: Rodney Napier, Doug Waikem and the Rev. Michael Balash
DONATIONS: Can be made through the Web site www.grantedwish.org or by mailing a check to the foundation office at 3939 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton OH 44709