Why This is Important to Me
Why This is Important to Me
VT Group Employees,
VT Group is a proud sponsor of Walk For Wishes. On May 4, we are excited to walk and fundraise for this year’s event. Together, we can raise money for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Read Mackenzie Lemn's story on the importance of participating in this walk and donating to the cause. See below.
A wish gives children renewed energy and strength, brings families closer together and unites communities.
These life-changing wishes are only possible because of supporters like us. A wish experience can truly change a child’s life, and so can we.
Here are the details:
Date: May 4, 2019
Place: National Mall, Washington, DC
Register or Donate Today: Join our team or make a donation today by following this link - https://secure2.wish.org/site/TR/WalkForWishes/Make-A-WishMid-Atlantic?team_id=21365&pg=team&fr_id=3058 .
Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help make children's wishes come true.
Mackenzie Lemn’s Story
Mackenzie was 14 months old when she unexpectedly went into fulminate liver failure. Her liver failure was so severe and happening for unknown reasons, that she was immediately placed at the top of the Transplant Waiting List for the Washington DC region. Mackenzie received her second chance at life when she received a liver transplant on January 21, 2009. This blessing also came with a lifelong, life-threatening medical condition that she lives with every day and is monitored and managed with a team of amazing medical professionals. Mackenzie has had her “Liver 2.0” for more than 10 years and is a happy and medically stable 11-year-old today!
We had experienced a couple rounds of rejection with Liver 2.0, hospitalizations, doctor appointments, and other post-transplant complications during the first few years after her liver transplant. In 2012, Mackenzie was granted her wish “to meet a prince at Disney World” by Make A Wish – Greater Virginia. Mackenzie was 4 and her sister Kennedy was 3 at the time. Mackenzie’s wish trip to Disney World was an unbelievable experience that gave our entire family a week of not having to worry about doctor appointments or blood draws. We focused on the joy that Mackenzie and Kennedy were able to experience. Make A Wish provided for everything on our entire trip and everyone we came in contact with treated Mackenzie as she was the most important person in the room. Kennedy was showered with equal attention that helped lessen the burden of being the sibling of a child with a life-threatening medical condition. We stayed at Give Kids the World, which is a magical resort for families on wish trips and is staffed 100% by volunteers.
In December 2017, we were lucky enough to travel back to Orlando, FL on a family trip. We spent a day at Give Kids the World, reliving memories, and becoming volunteers ourselves to help other families on their own wish trips!