HomeFirst™ and Make-a-Wish Michigan Make First Grader’s Disney Dream Come True
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Since January 2014, HomeFirst™ manufactured housing communities have been proud to support Make-a-Wish Michigan. Our communities work together to raise money all year long with the goal of being able to raise $5,000 so they can make at least one seriously ill child’s wish come true.
HomeFirst™ residents recently met their $5,000 goal and were able to make seven-year-old Bryn Adams’ dream of visiting Disney World with her family come true. Bryn Adams is a first grader at Grier Elementary in Hillsdale who is being treated for leukemia. After her big adventure, Bryn and her family joined some of her HomeFirst™ supporters at our Walnut Ridge community for a party where dozens of her supporters came out to hear all about her trip and enjoy an afternoon full of food, games, and fun.
Being granted a wish from Make-a-Wish Michigan means much more than giving a seriously ill child the opportunity to do something fun; it can make a tremendous difference in the child’s overall wellbeing. Nearly all parents of children who are granted wishes say the experience makes the child happier and improves their emotional health. Because of that, 74% of parents say being granted their wish marked a turning point in how well their child responds to treatment and and 81% of parents said their child having their wish granted made them more willing to cooperate with treatment protocols.
Being able to make a child’s dream come true also really means a lot to supporters of the organization. Jasmine Guajardo, marketing coordinator at HomeFirst™, says, “At HomeFirst™ Certified, we wanted to be able to give back to a community organization and were struck by how much joy the Make-a-Wish program is able to give to children. Bryn is so bright and positive and her energy has really had an impact on our residents. We are thrilled that our work has been able to put a smile on her face and to send her and her family on the trip of a lifetime.”