Barb Bye volunteers to honor the legacy of her sweet daughter, Maggie who died after her wish came true. Barb embodies the spirit of Make-A-Wish and knows firsthand the long-lasting power of a wish come true. In that spirit, we are thrilled to announce Barb has won the Suzie Allen Volunteer of the Year Award from Make-A-Wish America and we are so lucky that after many years of calling Wisconsin home, Barb and Dave moved to Southwest Washington where they continue as donors and volunteers through Maggie’s Angels, to make local wishes come true. If you have the chance, you should get to know this fierce mama volunteer. You just might see her rocking a pink tutu at our Walk for Wishes at the zoo in May.
"Our daughter, Maggie, was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was just 15, but she never let that stop her from living life. She had her wish granted, through Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, to meet fashion icon, Marc Jacobs in 2006. That experience had such a powerful & life changing impact on her that afterwards she worked tirelessly to give back to MAW the cost of her wish. She reached her goal before she passed away in 2008. To keep her rich legacy alive, family & friends came together & founded Maggie’s Angels, Inc 501(c)(3). I desperately wanted to give back to the organization that had given our daughter her dream of a lifetime!! If I close my eyes, I can still see the beautiful smile on Maggie’s face, on her wish day, as she sat next to Mr Jacobs in the back of that black limousine, casually chatting. A memory I will forever cherish," said Barb.
"After our family moved to Camas, WA in 2013, my volunteerism has been focused on organizing fundraising events, through Maggie’s Angels, with the goal of raising funds to support wishes here in the PNW. To date, we have sponsored 7 wishes here in OR/WA and my blessing is getting to know those wish kids & their families. I strive to get them more involved with MAW & each other, giving them a chance to give back. My advice to other volunteers - Help out whenever, wherever & however you can. Guaranteed to fill your cup, one wish at a time!!!!!!!"