Dear Friends and Family,
On January 22nd, 2014, 15 year-old Marquette University High School Sophomore Greg Von Rueden lost a courageous battle against Osteosarcoma. Throughout his difficult journey, Greg's friends and family came together and supported him by going "Yellow for Greg," and reminding him that "No one fights alone."
After Greg's passing, the Southeastern Wisconsin basketball community came together to support the Von Rueden family with "Yellow Whistles for Greg," an event honoring Greg that has raised over $35,000 for the Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and helped grant wishes for Wish Kids Collin, Hayden, Drake, Brett, Graham, Katie, Araceli, Tagan and Logan. This year, we are raising money to grant Isla's Wish. Isla is a 3-year-old from Wauwatosa who is living with acute myeloid leukemia. She enjoys playing with her brother, going on the swings and down slides, playing instruments, singing, dancing and riding her bike. Isla wishes to go to Walt Disney World Resort this spring.
The Wisconsin Basketball Officials Association (WBOA) and other officials associations are continuing the Yellow Whistles for Greg campaign from January 22nd - 26th. Once again, officials will be wearing yellow whistles in Greg's honor and encouraged to make a donation to Make-A-Wish.
As many of you know, the Von Rueden family is well-respected in the Wisconsin basketball officiating community, with Greg's father Dennis, brothers Bobby and Jake and several other immediate family members who are also basketball officials.
Please help by contributing any amount you can - $30, $50, $100 or even more! Every dollar you donate can help Make-A-Wish kids renew their courage and find a turning point in their lives.
Through Make-A-Wish, the Von Rueden family traveled to San Diego shortly before Greg’s passing and that trip remains an incredible memory for the family. By donating today, you can help provide such a memory to another Make-A-Wish family.
Thank you for your support!