By Megan Daley
June 22, 2015 at 07:06 PM EDT
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Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer opened up to People on Monday about her battle with leukemia—she was diagnosed when she was 15 — and her work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which granted her own wish nearly 18 years ago.

“Being a sick child is obviously extremely difficult,” Bayer said. “You’re in hospitals all the time undergoing treatments, and you’re not getting to do all of the things that other kids your age are doing.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses all across the United States, sent her whole family on vacation to Hawaii. According to Bayer, the trip was a “truly wonderful, uplifting experience.”

“Make-A-Wish trip was such a special time for me to be away from hospitals and from all of the stressful, bad things we were dealing with,” she said.

This year, Bayer will be hosting the Evening of Wishes Dinner, which aims to raise funds to put those wishes into action. For more on the story, head on over to People.  

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