Lauren Singer knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, which is why she chose to study oncology. And during her first year in medical school, Singer discovered Make-A-Wish® Michigan and found another way to connect with her patients.
“Make-A-Wish gives us a special opportunity to separate the disease from the patient, and helps us learn to care for a person outside of a healthcare setting,” she said. “As a future physician, it is my firm belief that caring for people extends beyond a clinical setting.”
Singer is currently in her second year of study at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. During her first year as a Make-A-Wish Michigan volunteer, she volunteered at the 2014 Walk For Wishes® – Southeast Michigan in May 2014, Wish Ball – Southeast Michigan in November, and served as a wish-granting volunteer. She also introduced Make-A-Wish Michigan to her school community by organizing volunteer training sessions with her fellow students.
“I think everyone should have a chance to see the power of a wish,” she said. “It’s so important to see how a complete stranger can impact a family’s life with the simple things, like a hug, a smile or just another person to support them.”
When she’s not studying or granting wishes, Singer enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She’s an active figure skater, an avid sports fan – especially football and hockey – and loves trying new restaurants.
Despite her active lifestyle, Singer remains inspired by her professional career choice.
“In oncology, you have the opportunity to take care of someone at the most vulnerable time in his or her life,” she said. “You get to give people hope, care and support when their body isn’t able to.”
Bringing hope, strength and joy to kids is a main connection Singer found with Make-A-Wish Michigan.
“I volunteer because there is something special about having a chance to come into a child and their family’s life at the most difficult time and give them a chance to just be a plain kid while creating memories that don’t involve their illness,” Singer said. “I see the joy I bring to families and memories they are able to build that help them leave illness behind, if just for a moment.”