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.