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Wish Wednesday: Matt Powell
By Allison Morrison
(LUBBOCK, TX) - Make-A-Wish is successful, thanks to thousands of volunteers.
And here on the South Plains, there are dozens of people, who work behind the scenes, to make wishes come true.
One of those people is Lubbock County's Criminal District Attorney.
"I spend most of my time talking to defense lawyers, talking with our lawyers," Matt Powell said. "It can be very stressful."
Powell's been trying cases in Lubbock County for more than two decades.
"I love being a voice for people who don't have a voice. I love standing up and being that guy," he said.
Powell also uses that voice, to help children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Since 2011, he's volunteered for Make-A-Wish by serving on the non-profit's regional council.
"When you see those kids and just how much it means to those kids-- not only the kids, but their families, it's been a very good thing," he explained.
Powell said he makes it his mission to expose Make-A-Wish to as many people as possible.
He also described the parallel between the kids he deals with in his job as District Attorney and his volunteer work with the kids involved in Make-A-Wish.
"When we deal with kid victims, you know, they show and exhibit more courage in their little finger than I have in my whole body and it's true with these Make-A-Wish kids (too)."