13 years ago, Bonnie Nolan sat at home watching the Lifetime movie, “A Child’s Wish.” The movie is based on the true story of the Yandle family and their journey when their 16-year-old daughter is diagnosed with cancer. Bonnie was moved by their story, especially the part when their daughter has her wish to meet the president granted by Make-A-Wish®.
“I cried like a baby,” Bonnie said. “Of course at the end of the movie there was a blurb, ‘If you are interested in knowing more about Make-A-Wish, go to ‘www.wish.org’...And, of course, I was in!”
Bonnie had considered getting involved with Make-A-Wish before, but after losing her own dad to cancer she just felt the timing wasn’t right. It just took two months and that movie to prove to Bonnie that she was ready.
Since taking the plunge 13 years ago, Bonnie hasn’t looked back. She’s been a part of countless wishes from building playsets, princess makeovers, bedroom renovations and so much more. Bonnie has a true passion for involvement in wishes and a deep love for her community.
“I love it when we have kids who want to do something that is local to our area,” Bonnie said. “I love calling on businesses to ask, ‘Can you donate your time, talents, products or services?’ Our community loves to be asked and never say no! We have a wonderful community.”
More recently, Bonnie played an essential role in the granting of wish kid Chase’s wish to be a fireman.
“I called a friend who is the fire chief of the North Muskegon fire department,” Bonnie explained. “They ended up getting him his own little fire jacket and hat. [They also] had probably 10 or more fire trucks from different areas who all lined up on the street in front of the fire barn to surprise Chase. They blocked off the streets for a block or two and the trucks were lined up in twos all the way back. A lot of people came to be a part of Chase's day. These wishes are the best as it gets the community involved and understanding more about what our foundation is all about. It's the best!”
For Bonnie, being a part of Make-A-Wish reminds her of the impact doing something kind can have on a life. It’s something that shows her the good in her community and something she can’t imagine giving up now.
“[Make-A-Wish] means everything to me, it is one of the best thing I’ve ever done,” Bonnie said. “It brings joy to my heart to be involved in a very small way to help bring hope, happiness and joy to these families who are struggling through some pretty tough times.”