|The Women’s Network 4th annual signature event is a celebration of all the amazing women from our medical community who have had an impact on our mission and the children we serve. During the event we will be honoring one of these women in particular for her exceptional commitment and dedication to our mission. This woman, our 2017 Women & Wishes Honoree, will be presented with a special award for her continued impact and support of our chapter.
The 2017 Women & Wishes Honoree is:
Anna Nannicelli, MPH, LSW, is one of our top Referral Sources. She is a Licensed Social Worker in the Oncology department at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Since she began in September of 2015, she has already referred 92 children to our program, and is also the point person for an additional 32 children who were referred by a former social workers, parent or other family member. She works diligently with the APN staff to get our paperwork signed and sent back to us in a timely fashion, allowing us to initiate/proceed with the wish journey for the children and families. Anna takes pride in spending time with the parents and children to educate them about the impact of a wish. The idea of a wish is one tool that Anna uses as she helps children through their diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish Illinois is honored to recognize her commitment to supporting the psychosocial needs of patients in addition to their physical healing.
Cranes of Hope
The evening will also include an opportunity for attendees to make wishes come true through an ancient symbol of hope. Japanese culture says that a person who folds 1,000 origami paper cranes will be granted a wish. Many times a family or group of people come together to accomplish this labor of love. Throughout the evening, guests will be invited to participate in this tradition by making a contribution to Make-A-Wish Illinois and personalizing a paper crane with a message of hope or well wishes for a Wish Child. Not only will your contribution help bring hope, strength, and joy to a child in need, but the Hope Crane will be given to a Wish Child as they prepare to experience their own wish.
For questions please contact Nikki Lester at 312.602.9464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.