I will be a writer who touches the world warmly.
She held the dream of becoming an author and applied to arts high school.
Minseo was filled with anticipation about her school life after receiving her letter of admission; however, due to increasing pain, she sought out the hospital. When she went to a bigger hospital, as there was no improvement to her condition, she suddenly had to face her illness: osteosarcoma.
It was supposed to be a time to make friends while wearing her new uniform, but Minseo had to wear a hospital gown and get surgery. She had to go through a transplant operation for her left leg and knee; chemotherapy six times. ‘Writing’ was the only thing that helped her keep fighting.
Minseo submitted her wish to Make-A-Wish Korea after completing her treatments; she met the volunteers that would help grant her wish that will impact her life. Although in-person activities have been cancelled due to the coronavirus and their meetings were held online, Minseo was able to share her story, her wish, and get another step closer to her dream.
Minseo and the volunteers' online meeting
This was the first online wish meeting since Make-A-Wish Korea was founded in 2002. It could have been awkward, but the volunteers wrote letters for Minseo and prepared surprise gifts for her; they tried their best to get closer with Minseo emotionally, if not physically.
Volunteers meeting with Minseo online / their heartfelt letters that arrived at Minseo’s home
Even through a screen, Minseo’s positive energy motivated the volunteers, as they continued to brainstorm: ‘how can we make her happier? ‘how can we grant her wish more effectively?’
To become an author, Minseo wanted a laptop to write with, but as classes continue to be taught online, she expressed the greater need for one.
There are many writing assignments as per her area of focus; she was completing her assignments on her phone, then moving and saving them onto a desktop. Minseo was getting tired of this and was looking forward to the day when she could have her own laptop.
Even while meeting with the volunteers, she would prepare for intramural contests and send pictures of her works. While they could not go to the exhibition due to the coronavirus, the volunteers sent congratulatory messages and flowers.
“A mirror can change according to who they are reflecting. I want to become like that.”
- A quote from Minseo's book
The volunteers debated heavily how to make a special wish day for Minseo who loved to write. They came up with the idea to collect all her writing to create a book, considering she had such a clear dream to become an ‘author’; this was how ‘the world’s greatest genius author’ Minseo’s first book was published.
Holding one student’s courage and determination for her dream and the support of many, the book “Clover Ring” (/jap-cho-ban-jii/) with a cover by illustrator Seul.grim, who Minseo is a fan of, was sent to various important people in her life.
“A collection of writings where detailed observations made of the world are woven with imagination by ‘the world’s greatest genius author’. The unique perspective of things anyone can experience is charming!”
- JYP Entertainment CSR Team member review
“Words that love the present and dreams of the future- though she is fighting against a difficult to cure disease, the book contains the words of the writer depicting a new morrow. Using short stories, the author conveys to look at the present with a warm heart and the future with anticipation and dreams.”
- Make-A-Wish Korea Staff review
Author Minseo’s first collection, filled with tales of forgotten everyday warmth, touched many people.
Minseo’s wish day came along and she recieved her book filled with reviews and recommendations by her readers, and a laptop to hold many more writings.
As in-person events were limited due to the coronavirus, the volunteers decorated the entrance of Minseo’s home. After they left, Minseo had a birght smile seeing the doorway decorated for her.
Even today, Minseo continues to write stories of important moments that people seem to lose in their everyday lives.
The last line of Minseo’s first collection: “Even if the memories that I make myself is more expensive and more time consuming, I know that it is worth all of that.” Upholding even the hard and painful times as good memories, the laptop and support that the donors have gifted will let Minseo write a second, a third collection, a novel that will inspire and share positive energy to many people.