In our ongoing series, here’s what Dani Row, account executive, told us about her life outside the office:
What nonprofit organization do you enjoy volunteering for?
For the past two years, I’ve been volunteering as a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As a wish granter, it’s my responsibility to act as the liaison between the child and the foundation, and to determine what the child’s ultimate wish is. We then coordinate a “wish reveal” party for the child and his or her family. It’s such a rewarding experience when the child finds out his or her wish has been granted!
I’ve been fortunate to keep in touch with my wish families, and continue to get updates on the health of the wish children I’ve worked with. It’s amazing to see how, in some cases, a child’s health will improve following their wish being granted. Everyone is so appreciative of the work we do, and in turn, I’ve had the privilege of meeting some amazing kiddos (Like Aryana, pictured below), who are some of the most inspirational and happy people despite their illnesses.
With winter in full swing, what are some of your favorite activities?
I started skiing when I was three and I still love it. My family was fortunate enough to travel to Colorado each year for vacation to ski. Before I moved to Denver, I associated this activity with vacation, and had no idea people did this every week during the winter! Now that I’ve become a Colorado transplant, I’ve taken full advantage of the mountains, and everything they have to offer. And let’s be honest, the social activities that follow a day of skiing aren’t so bad either. I personally believe that Bailey’s and hot chocolate tastes better on the side of a mountain than anywhere else.
What brought you to Colorado?
A change of scenery – literally. Although the flatlands of Kansas are beautiful, I was ready for mountainous terrain. I’ve spent my entire life in Kansas, and although it was hard to leave my family and friends, I was ready for a new and exciting adventure. Plus, the weather, active lifestyle, friendly people and endless social events made Colorado the easy choice. The short plane ride makes going home easy, too, and even easier for my jealous Kansas City friends to come visit me.