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John Clee

One-time WAM volunteer joins as wish granter

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

In 2014, 72-year-old Clee and his wife volunteered on the Wish-A-Mile® (WAM) Bicycle Tour.

“The experience was one that I knew I had to continue,” Clee said.

Within a year, Clee has joined six wish teams across the Brooklyn, Mich. area as a wish-granting volunteer. He spends time helping in our Brighton office and has spoken to community groups and local rotary clubs to share the Make-A-Wish® Michigan mission. He is also working to recruit volunteers to help at Heroes Hurrah, the finish-line celebration of WAM.

When he’s not helping grant wishes, the retiree is probably walking, reading or volunteering. Clee walks three miles every day, is the president-elect of the Brooklyn Kiwanis club and volunteers at a local shelter.

“People need to know that Make-A-Wish Michigan is a local organization and that we give hope to kids who are their neighbors, not strangers,” Clee said.

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