Karen and Sue Den Herder do more than travel the world together. The two, who are sisters through marriage, spend time collaborating on wishes as wish-granting volunteers.
After attending Make-A-Wish® Michigan’s signature West Michigan gala, Wish Ball, several times, Sue decided she wanted to do more for our wish kids and signed up to be a wish-granting volunteer.
“I asked my sister-in-law Karen to join me, and (we) have gotten involved in other ways since then,” Sue said. “I enjoy doing wishes with my wish partner, who is also my sister-in-law. I love to see the smile of a wish child when we meet them. I love the joy we can bring to a family.”
In March, Make-A-Wish Michigan honored the duo as Wish-Granting Volunteers of the Year. Since 2011, the Den Herders have helped grant 26 wishes for west Michigan kids.
“(We continue to volunteer) to see the smiles on the faces of the families going through difficult times,” Karen said.
Sue added, “I often gain more appreciation and am humbled by the families we meet.”
Aside from wish granting, Sue has also helped grant wishes by sponsoring the Walk For Wishes® - West Michigan and Wish Ball – West Michigan. Both Karen and Sue agree that a wish can have a positive effect on a wish child and family.
“The wish inspires and can impact a whole family after journeying through a difficult time,” Sue said.
Karen added, “It also gives the family something to focus on other than (the child’s) illness.”