Patrick and Lynn Ingram first connected with Make-A-Wish® Michigan when they rode in the Wish-A-Mile® Bicycle Tour in 2012.
“We totally did not know what to expect during our first WAM – meeting the wish heroes and their families changed our lives,” Patrick and Lynn said. “Not long after getting home from WAM, an email arrived with a plea for volunteers. We answered the plea.”
The pair has helped grant 15 wishes since they became volunteers in October 2013. Having been married for 22 years, the couple regularly works together to grant wishes.
“As wish-granting volunteers, we try to find unique ways to make every wish kid feel special, especially at the interview,” Patrick and Lynn said. “Our kids even love helping, from wrapping wish enhancement gifts to making cards.”
Patrick and Lynn started their favorite wish enhancement in 2013 by carving and delivering Jack-O-Lanterns to their wish kid.
“We delivered them ‘ding-dong-ditch’ style, arrived at the wish family home unannounced, put the pumpkin on the porch and rang the doorbell,” Patrick and Lynn explained. “We got caught every time accidentally on purpose. The wish kids and families loved this surprise.”
Patrick is a field service engineer for a company in Canton, while Lynn works as a substitute school bus driver for Corunna Public Schools. In spite of their busy schedules, the couple has found many ways to be involved with Make-A-Wish.
“We are WAM riders so we think about Make-A-Wish Michigan all year long and try to come up with fun and creative ways to raise money,” Patrick and Lynn said. “Make-A-Wish isn’t just an amazing charity that does fantastic stuff, Make-A-Wish has become a part of our family. Make-A-Wish is a way of life for us.”