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Make-A-Wish names Leaders in Joy

September 1, 2014
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Make-A-Wish names Leaders in Joy
The three day, 300-mile Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour benefits Make-A-Wish Michigan. Photo via

Several organizations and people across the region have been named Leaders in Joy by Make-A-Wish Michigan.

Make-A-Wish Michigan said last week that the designations are part of its 30th anniversary.

The nonprofit said each Leader in Joy has “played an integral role in helping to bring hope, strength and joy to Michigan children with a life-threatening medical condition.”

Leaders in Joy have been recognized at events throughout the year, culminating with Wish Ball Southeast Michigan on Nov. 8 at the MGM Grand Detroit.

“Our Leaders in Joy have been game changers for our organization and represent everyone who makes a difference in the lives of our wish children,” said Karen Davis, president and CEO, Make-A-Wish Michigan. “They have impacted our ability to deliver our mission, and we are so grateful for their tremendous passion and support.”

Make-A-Wish Michigan said that since 1984, it has granted more than 7,500 wishes to Michigan children. It expects to grant its 8,000th wish this year.

2014 Leaders in Joy

Honorary Leader in Joy: Joshua Kazmierczak, Make-A-Wish Michigan’s first wish child

Amway, Ada

Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter, Midland

Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Royal Oak

Jim Berline, West Bloomfield

The Brown Family, Plymouth

Elaine Catlin, Kalamazoo

Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor

Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi

Detroit Lions

Detroit Pistons

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Tigers

Eaton, Galesburg

Barbara Emmons, Bath

Dr. James Fahner, Grand Rapids

Janette Ferrantino, Ann Arbor

Greenridge Dream Team Foundation, Grand Rapids

Don and Lee Hamilton, Rochester

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital of Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids


Meijer, Grand Rapids

Harry and Sharon Miller, St. Joseph

Cindy and Michael Pettibone, Birmingham

Gordie and Karen Roedding, Canton

MStars, University of Michigan

MSU Stars, Michigan State University

Team Alex, Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield

Team Taylor, Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour, Mattawan

Meg Miller Willit, Grandville

Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour co-founders, Derrick Stange and friends, Ypsilanti 

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