The Marcucci Family
When 16-year-old Molly was diagnosed with cancer, it not only changed her life, but the lives of everyone in her tight-knit family. As Molly went through treatment, her father learned that she would be eligible to have a wish granted, and he was not happy."At the time, I thought Make-A-Wish was only for terminal kids, and I was angry because
|From left to right: Tom Marcucci, Debbie Purcell, Mimi Marcucci, Peter Bouchard|
said. "Also, we felt that we could give our children anything they wanted, so I didn't think we really needed Make-A-Wish anyway."
Wish Child Molly Marcucci several years after her wish at a Make-A-Wish Event.
Everything changed when Molly's wish to attend Fashion Week in New York was granted. With an interest in fashion design as a career, Molly knew she wanted to take this opportunity to have a glimpse into her future. During her wish she attended couture fashion shows and met some of the industry's top designers.
Molly's sister Flavia Marcucci Malloy and her husband Dennis Malloy ran the 2010 Chicago Marathon in support of Make-A-Wish.
Molly and her father Tom spoke to nearly 1,000 guests at Wish Ball in 2004, telling the audience how Make-A-Wish came into their lives at just the right time with a compassion they will never forget.
Every member of the family is still involved in helping the Foundation in some way even today. Molly, her sisters and her parents continue to attend the annual Wish Ball fundraiser. Tom Marcucci was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. Molly's sisters are volunteer wish granters and one even runs the Chicago Marathon on behalf of the Foundation. Molly, too, remains involved more than a decade after her wish offering to speak to groups on behalf of the Foundation.
Because of the Marcucci family and generous wish families like them, children in Illinois will continue to share the power of a wish® when they need it most.
There is never a waiting list for a wish. All eligible children can begin the wish process as soon as the child and family are ready.