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Wish Wednesday - A Small Step Can Leave a Huge Imprint

I was nine when I knew that what I wanted the most in life was to contribute to the world around me in some way to make it better. Of course, I thought I had to wait for that moment until I was older, possibly a little taller, and well … met all the right people and found all the right resources. After all, what could a 9-year-old do for such a big world? Had I known then – a whole lot, actually.

Let me tell you the power of one little girl from Michigan helping us fill people with hope.

Aubrey has raised funds to help Make-A-Wish.Aubrey Cohoon’s only birthday wish on Jan. 19 was to help our charity grant the wishes of the kids we serve. It all started when she was challenged by her elementary school gym teacher to do the “cold water challenge,” an ice-cold water stunt to raise money for charity in which nominees jump into a large pool of cold water.

Aubrey accepted.

So, for her birthday this year, the 10-year-old asked for donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, raising more than $2,000.

But, it didn’t stop there. Aubrey even recruited more than 20 team members to walk with her in the 7th Annual Walk for Wishes, our signature fundraiser designed to ensure a wish for every eligible child.

“I knew they help kids make their dreams come true, and I knew mine were coming true, so I wanted to help them,” Aubrey told a local news station. “’Cause I already had enough presents from the last birthday.”

And, Aubrey has already said she plans to once again ask for donations for Make-A-Wish on her 11th birthday.

I wanted to recognize Aubrey for her generous efforts in helping us share the power of a wish® because every bit of support from our community pushes us towards greater lengths to meet our vision.  

Aubrey may be seen as a model to other kids her age who are afraid to go at it alone for similar reasons I had at her age. I’d like to think that Aubrey is a reminder of, as the saying goes, anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.

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Way to go Aubry! Thanks for making wishes come true!!

September 25, 2014 - 1:32 PM


Wait to go Aubrey!!! She may be a little 10 year old, but she has a HUGE heart and tons of passion to help others! We love you Aubrey!!!!!!

September 25, 2014 - 2:31 PM

Mary Ann

Aubrey has such a big heart and is such a bright star! So giving, so sweet and such a joy to share time with. We love you...G'ma and G'pa

September 25, 2014 - 3:01 PM

Peggy Dyer

You are a inspiration, If you think you can than you can. If you think you can not than you can not, The Great innovator Henry Ford said that and i think it applies here. Thank you for being you!!!

November 16, 2014 - 7:33 AM

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