Melissa (Maggie's sister), Maggie, and Marc Jacobs - Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Wish Day
New York City - October 2006
...remember the life Maggie lived
and be different because of it...
Let Your Light Shine
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). We are a legal non-profit organization. Our mission is twofold (1) to spread the powerful message of Maggie's courageous life and (2) to give back to our community by helping other sick children and their families. 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!
Annually we raise $20,000 - $35,000 and have 10-12 fundraising events a year. We do a variety of FUN events: we sell T-Shirts, sweatshirts & buttons, every January we do a spinning event, in spring we have a Wine Tasting Event to benefit Children's Hospital of WI, in summer we sell hotdogs & brats at the local Piggly Wiggly. We also partner with the St. Charles Catholic community in Hartland & with the UW-Madison School of Business, just to name a few.
We have Angels carrying on this ministry and creating smiles from WI - IL - MN - MI - CO - MT - AZ - OR & Norway. To date, we have sponsored 30 wishes in our home state of WI and 3 wishes in OR.
Now that's a lot of smiles.
Like Maggie always said
"You can never
have too much happy!!!"
Reflections of a brother
"Maggie's wish being granted was an amazing experience for her to be blessed with, which is something I'm eternally grateful for. But what we didn't know at the time was how influential it would be for our family and close friends, and even more so after she passed. Maggz returned from the trip with pep in her step, a grin from ear to ear, and an enhanced drive to help other children experiance something so life changing. Just like Maggz, our family has embraced the opportuity to help others, through Make-A-Wish, and we've worked together to grant the wishes of many other children, in her name. My wife, Andrea and I have taken this opportunity to start up Maggie's Angels in our own back yard, the Pacific Northwest. Through Maggie's Angels we have been given the opportunity to host fund-raisers, sell Maggie Wear (sport some too I might add), and we've sponsored a few local golf tourneys. All this has been done to raise money for a cause we hold very dearly. Losing a sibling is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life, but in Maggie's name we are making this into something positive and helping other kids realize the true joy a wish can bring....and Maggz wouldn't have it any other way!"
-Christopher Bye, October 30, 2014
(Maggie's older brother, currently living with his wife and baby girl in Washougal, WA)
Together, we can make an impact on the life of a child.