“I want to make emoticons on my iPad!”
Yeojin Kim(assumed name)/15-year-old/ Aplastic anemia
* Aplastic anemia: The function and cellularity of bone marrow cells decrease due to various causes. Bone marrow tissue is replaced by fat, resulting in pancytopenia, leading to decreases in red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets
Yeojin is so devoted to study and scholastic that she spends time at a library on her own even during vacation. It seems she has a lot of worries about her studies as she can't go to school properly. During the meeting with the volunteer team, we found out Yeojin's concern was about her future career path and studies. So we conducted a career aptitude test for Yeojin. As a result, Yeojin has a high level of creativity and hand skill. We could see that she is deeply interested in drawing and writing.
Career Aptitude Test Result
High Level of Social Skill ? High level of socializing with others
Creativity ? Tend to think something new and creative
Hand Skill ? apt to make something with hands/handcrafts
I want to make an emoticon
After a long time of thinking, she made her wish to use her talent to make an emoticon. She needed a tablet to draw various emoticons, so she decided to take an emoticon class. She told us about what kind of emoticon she would like to make and how to take the emoticon class. As for the class, we decided to take an online one-on-one class with the teacher who has released the emoticon.
Yeojin deciding which course to take
Wish Day only for Yeojin
The volunteer team prepared Yeojin's Wish Day without hesitation. We decided the color and size of the items for Wish Day, because what she wanted was very clear and she expressed it clearly. However, there was a lot of concern about whether Yeojin can make the emoticon, which was her wish. The volunteer team members and the foundation officials produced a video letter together to prepare a message of support for Yeojin. In addition, a former Wish Ambassador who lived in the neighborhood, joined the program as a volunteer and participated to celebrate Yeojin's Wish Day, making her Wish Day more meaningful.
After decorating Yeojin's house for about an hour with her amazing family, volunteers who couldn’t make it to attend the party made a video call to celebrate Yeojin's Wish Day. Everything from the Wish Day was special, from awarding certificates, video letters, gift unboxing, to cake cutting ceremony. In particular, Yeojin's family read the certificate several times with tears on the story that Yeojin wrote the copies of certificate herself during the certificate awarding event. While unwrapping the presents, “There are so many presents!” her surprised look was really lovely as well. It was Yeojin who kept saying thank you over and over again every time she unwrapped the gift box. The family also had a special experience because it was the first time having a party like this, and Yeojin went through a hard time during medical treatment.