By Kate Hennigan, YPAC Vice Chair and Wish Granting Volunteer
For the third year, I have signed up to run the Boilermaker, a 15k road race in Utica, New York. I’m running as part of the Charity Bib Program and raising funds for Make-A-Wish® Central New York.
Additionally, I am a member of the Make-A-Wish Young Professional Advisory Council, serving as the Vice Chair, and am also a Wish Granting Volunteer. At the moment I’m working on two wishes.
My first wish was for a spunky 13-year-old girl named Molly, who wished to meet the “Shaytards” (a family who video blogs on YouTube). Molly and her family went to California and met the “Shaytards” at VidCon. It was a trip of a lifetime for Molly. Afterward, when I saw Molly at the airport, she was exhausted but told me she had an incredible time. Unfortunately, a few months later Molly passed away. In speaking with her parents, they thanked us over and over for helping her wish come true. Her mom said Molly spoke of her trip every day and that the family would have the memories to cherish forever. The comment that spoke the most to me was when Molly’s mom said that Make-A-Wish allowed Molly to cross something off her bucket list.
Molly’s story is just one of many and I am incredibly honored to be involved in such an amazing organization that gives back to our community in such a unique and tangible way.
My dream is to one day live in a world where children don’t face life-threatening illnesses. For now, I am working to help make wishes come true. This year I will be running the Boilermaker road race with a fundraising goal of $2,500. As always I’ll be running for my Aunt Aileen, who is never far from my thoughts.
But this year I’ll also be running for Molly.
To follow Kate’s progress, check out her Boilermaker Charity Bib page –