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Ginny Holcomb

Volunteer dedicates more than 20 years to granting wishes

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.

The Holt-area resident has dedicated her free time to Make-A-Wish® Michigan by helping grant the wishes of Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions and has helped grant 86 wishes as a wish-granting volunteer. For Holcomb, each child is as special as the last and she continues to make each wish experience a memorable one.

“I don’t have much money, but I do have love and time to give,” Holcomb said of why she volunteers. “I chose Make-A-Wish because I love children, and I love the idea of being a small part in granting wishes for children with life-threatening health issues.”

From answering phones at the Make-A-Wish Michigan headquarters to personalizing gifts for wish children, Holcomb has touched almost every aspect of our mission.

In her tenure as a volunteer, she has helped at many signature events, including the Walk For Wishes® - Southeast Michigan, the Wish Ball – Southeast Michigan and the Wish-A-Mile® Bicycle Tour, in which she volunteered on the full tour for roughly 8 years and now helps at Heroes Hurrah, the finish-line celebration. She has also answered phones during radio-a-thons and tel-a-thons and speaks at events to promote Make-A-Wish Michigan. She also helps plan the Lansing area holiday party for wish families each year. Last year alone, Holcomb served as a wish-granting volunteer for 16 children.

“I love (volunteering at Make-A-Wish Michigan). I sometimes feel guilty because I get so much pleasure out of being a small part in making a child’s one, true wish come true,” Holcomb said.

I love the idea of being a small part in granting wishes for children with life-threatening health issues. ”

— Volunteer Ginny Holcomb

Volunteer Ginny Holcomb has been helping grant wishes for more than 20 years

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