...remember the life Maggie lived
and be different because of it...
Together, we can make an impact on the life of a child.
Maggie Bye was an amazing young woman who lived her life with courage, beauty, and grace. She was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 15, but as she said to Make-A-Wish organizers in 2005, "I don't see my cancer as a road block, but as a stepping stone to bigger and better things to come." Maggie was granted her wish, to meet fashion designer Marc Jacobs, in 2006. After that she made it her goal... to help other sick children get their wishes granted.
Maggie lost her battle to cancer on December 1, 2008.
To keep Maggie's rich legacy alive; family and friends have come together and created Maggie's Angels, Inc. 501 (c)(3). With the support of our community, we have local fundraising events to help children and their families living with life-threatening illnesses. We aspire to offer them, at least a glimpse, of the same joy, hope, and determination, with which Maggie faced each new challenge in her life!
To date, Maggie's Angels, in co-operation with Make-A-Wish, has adopted 30 WISHES here in our home state of Wisconsin, and 3 WISHES in Oregon. Our 16th WISH touched especially close to our hearts...18 year old Thabrianna's dream was to go to New York City and be a model for a day. Much like Maggie, I'm sure shopping was included in her Wish Trip:)
In addition to Make-A-Wish, the other community we "give back" to is Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. This past April 2016, Maggie's Angels held our "2nd Annual Red, White, Pink & Port Event" at Bin One Eleven in Hartland, Wisconsin. The $25,000 raised went to support a Young Child Play Area on the recently renovated Impatient Oncology Unit at Children's.
Melissa (Maggie's sister), Maggie, and Marc Jacobs - Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Wish Day
New York City - October 2006
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