Beth’s 4-year-old niece Amelie wished to go to Hawaii after she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Amelie loved building sandcastles on the beach and looking up at the palm trees towering over her. She passed away seven months after her wish trip and Beth started volunteering with Make-A-Wish® Michigan shortly thereafter to honor her memory.
“The trip through Make-A-Wish made a huge impact on our family,” Beth said. “It was a relief to know that they were together and making a memory instead of worrying about the illness. I was able to Facetime Amelie on the beach. She told me all about her trip and swimming in the ocean. It is a memory I will always cherish.”
Beth, of Riverview, and her daughter Allyssa first volunteered at Walk For Wishes® - Southeast Michigan in May 2015. The pair found it incredibly rewarding to say thank you to all the supporters who walked to help grant wishes like Amelie’s. Beth then signed up to volunteer on the Wish-A-Mile® Bicycle Tour and as a wish-granting volunteer.
“Being around all of the positive energy of people wanting to make a difference for children healed a little piece of my heart,” Beth explained. “I could feel Amelie with me every day.”
Beth works for a local nonprofit that aims to improve quality for early education. Whether Beth is at work or volunteering for Make-A-Wish Michigan, she knows she is making a difference in the lives of children and their families.
“So many people are impacted when a child is ill,” Beth said. “It’s more than just the immediate family, too. Amelie loved all the colors of the rainbow. Granting wishes is like a rainbow; you don’t know where it begins or where it ends.”