Longtime Make-A-Wish Michigan volunteer Ginny Holcomb passed away in November 2018. Whether you met Ginny volunteering in the Brighton office, on the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour or as a wish-granting volunteer, you knew without a doubt that she was a passionate advocate for Michigan wish kids.
The Holt-area resident impacted hundreds of wish kids over the past 26 years, partnering with fellow Lansing area volunteer Barb Emmons to grant many of these wishes.
"Her dedication, loyalty and passion for Make-A-Wish showed every time she met a wish child, volunteered at special events, spoke on behalf of Make-A-Wish or answered phones in the office," Emmons said. "Ginny's vibrant personality and heart of gold touched over 200 wish kids and their families. She always went above and beyond to make sure every wish kid felt special. She had a wonderful sense of humor that would fill a room with laughter!"
Many of her wish kids went on to become close friends in part because of her outgoing and warm personality.
"Personally, Ginny was a friend and someone who continually kept me connected to Make-A-Wish,” wish alum Joel Maier said. “Her positivity was contagious, and being a survivor herself, she knew the true power smiles and laughter contained. She encompassed the hope, strength, and joy Make-A-Wish strives to provide in every wish. It seems myself and anyone else lucky enough to have Ginny involved in their experience didn’t just receive one wish, but two."
In her 26 years with Make-A-Wish Michigan, Ginny always had a bright smile and joyful disposition that made her a bright spot to wish kids when they needed it the most. Make-A-Wish is deeply grateful to the years of enthusiastic support by Ginny to Michigan children with critical illnesses.
“I don’t have much money, but I do have love and time to give,” Ginny once 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.”