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 $21,000 for the Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and helped grant wishes for Wish Kids Collin, Hayden, Drake, and Brett. This year, we are raising money to grant Graham’s Wish. Graham is a 3-year-old from Cudahy who is living with a rare congenital heart disease. He enjoys playing on the playground, playing with cars, trucks and trains, and dressing up in superhero costumes. His wish is to go to Walt Disney World, and through your generous support, we can make his wish come true!
The Wisconsin Basketball Officials Association (WBOA) and other officials associations are continuing the Yellow Whistles for Greg campaign from January 18th - 21st. 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!