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Apr 02, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Why Our Family Supports Make-A-Wish

Marilyn Noll - I'm an air miles donor
Our family knows through personal experience that one good way to give support to young people with life threatening illnesses is to support Make-A-Wish. We well understand that by donating travel miles to Make-A-Wish, we can enable these young people to experience an exciting and inspiring adventure of their own choice—and give hope and joy to them and their families.

My granddaughter, Rebecca, lost her leg to cancer when she was in high school in Denver. My husband Walter and I proudly watched her walk, on her new artificial leg, down the steep steps to the stage at Red Rocks, Colorado, to receive her high school diploma.

One of the highlights of Rebecca’s long and painful journey to health was a shopping spree made possible by Make-A-Wish. Rebecca and her family enjoyed a fun-filled day with their Make-A-Wish volunteers. She bought a television, a phone, clothes and other fun items and enjoyed a special meal out on the town.  This uplifting experience meant much to Rebecca and to our family.

Following high school, Rebecca went on to earn her B.S. degree in Environment and Resources (Zoning and Planning), taking eight years to do this because she had to work at the same time. Meanwhile, she’d had two little girls — twins, Zoe and Evelyn — now seven-years-old.  Rebecca is working now, and supporting her girls. Her journey includes determined efforts on Rebecca’s part to resume an active life, good medical and family support—and an exciting adventure made possible by Make-A-Wish.

To join Marilyn in helping to make travel wishes come true, please click here to donate your unused air miles today.

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