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Meet our Volunteers

Our volunteers are dedicated to bringing hope, strength and joy to our Make-A-Wish® Michigan wish kids. Meet some of the amazing volunteers who bring smiles and joy to so many of our wish kids.

Kathy and Jerry Amrhein

Kathy and Jerry Amrhein were touched by Make-A-Wish® Michigan when their son, Robert, was granted a wish in 2004. After their son passed away, the couple wanted to help share the power of a wish® with other families.

Tami Bliss

Bliss cycles 300 miles in the summer, collects over 2,000 Santa letters in the winter, brings smiles year round

John Clee

When asked why he volunteers, John Clee inquired, “Have you ever seen the smile on the face of a wish kid?”

Wendy Comar

After seeing the impact her granddaughter's wish trip had on her family, Comar decided to give back to Make-A-Wish® Michigan.

Wish-granting volunteer Kelly Cordova, right, with wish kid tim, his grandma Cathy and wish-granting volunteer Bret Beaudry

Kelly Cordova

Young professional's energy and enthusiasm brings joy to wish kids

Volunteers Scott and Dorothy Cornell

Scott and Dorothy Cornell

Husband and wife duo receive joy through volunteering

Volunteer Beth Garza

Beth Garza

Beth’s 4-year-old niece Amelie wished to go to Hawaii after she was diagnosed with brain cancer. She passed away seven months after her wish trip and Beth started volunteering with Make-A-Wish® Michigan shortly thereafter to honor her memory.

Karen and Sue Den Herder

Karen and Sue Den Herder, who are sisters through marriage, spend time collaborating on wishes as wish-granting volunteers.

Ginny Holcomb

In just over 20 years, Ginny Holcomb has asked the question, "if you could wish for anything in the world, what would it be?" exactly 86 times.

Lynn and Patrick Ingram

Patrick and Lynn Ingram

Wish-A-Mile® Bicycle Tour riders inspired to become wish-granting volunteers

Katrina Kaufman

Katrina Kaufman

Katrina Kaufman began as a volunteer for Make-A-Wish® Michigan 11 years ago after her niece was born with cerebral palsy and other illnesses.

Ken Kavanaugh

Chances are you’ve talked to Ken Kavanaugh on the phone or witnessed his humble smile during a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® Michigan.

Volunteer Erin Osgood

Erin Osgood

Volunteer Erin Osgood knows quite a bit about working with kids. Before becoming a mom, the Brighton resident earned a master's degree and started a career in social work.

Wish-granting volunteer Brett Polen

Brett Polen

As a child, Brett’s parents introduced him to Make-A-Wish® during the holiday season

Lauren Singer

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.

Volunteers Jill Powell, left, and Julie VanHorn, right, help at a Make-A-Wish Michigan event.

Julie VanHorn

Fireman wish inspires fireman's wife to become wish granter

Wish-granting volunteers Jenn Watkins (left) and Kelli Lovasz with wish kid Anjelica.

Jenn Watkins

In just two years alone, Jenn has generated excitement and worked to create unique wish experiences for more than 20 Michigan wish kids.

Make-A-Wish® Michigan
7600 Grand River Avenue
Suite 175
Brighton, MI 48114
(734) 994-8620
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Make-A-Wish® Michigan, Grand Rapids Office
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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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