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Wishful thiiikin g Local woman helps dreams become reality By NICOLE GERRING Times Herald During many special events, a team of volunteers volunteers works furiously behind the scenes to ensure everything goes : smoothly. AT A GLANCE NANCY KING, 58 RESIDENCE: Cottreliville: Township. OCCUPATION: Senior assistant in human resources for Eaton Corp.in Southfield. EDUCATION: Southfield High School. FAMILY: Husband, David King; two adult children; and five grandchildren. Nancy King Nancy King of Township serves as ' one of those , silent workers during the Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Founda tion's Wish-A-Mile Wish-A-Mile Wish-A-Mile Wish-A-Mile Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Bicycle Tour. She's been volunteer- volunteer- ing for the cause for 17 ! years, first as a cyclist for five years, then taking over as equipment manager. manager. In that position, King supervises seven to eight people and serves food and drinks to the riders from a traveling truck. This year's tour will be from July 26 to 29. About 700 bicyclists are expected expected to ride from Traverse City to Chelsea. The 300-mile 300-mile 300-mile trip takes most people about three days. "The food is very important on the tour," said Meridith Allard, public relations manager for the Make -A-Wish -A-Wish -A-Wish -A-Wish Foundation of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "Without . Nancy's help, things wouldn't go as smoothly as they do." Last year, the tour raised $940,000 for the organization, which provides provides sick children a way to live out their dreams, such as building a tree fort, enabling them to meet their favorite ' celebrity or visiting places such as Disney World. Since it was founded in 1984, the Michigan arm of the Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish foundation foundation has granted wishes wishes to more than 5,000 children with life-threatening life-threatening life-threatening life-threatening medical conditions. Of the 200 volunteers NEWSMAKERS ABOUT THIS SERIES Newsmakers is a weekly series looking at the local people behind the stories making news, BOW TO HEP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The 20th Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Foundation bicycle tour is . from July 26 to 29. Bicyclist will ride from Traverse City to Chelsea. It's too late for cyclists to register, but crew volunteers are needed. People who volunteer volunteer are guaranteed a spot in the 2008 ride. For details, send an e-mail e-mail e-mail to Amy Casey at acaseywishmich.org. To read more about the bicycle ride, call www.wishmlch.org. who help during the bicycle tour fund-raiser, fund-raiser, fund-raiser, King is among the most devoted, Allard said. King got involved in the fund-raiser fund-raiser fund-raiser through her company, Eaton Corp., in Southfield. She said the foundation's work for sick children and their families is what has kept her volunteering. volunteering. Although during the work week King has a long commute from her home in Cottreliville Township to Southfield, she makes time to drive to occasional meetings in Ann Arbor to prepare for the bicycle tour. , King said she wishes she had known about the foundation when her son, now 33, was young and suffering from an illness illness that required multiple multiple surgeries. "I think kids and their families run out of hope at a certain point, when the kids are so ill. (Make-A-Wish) (Make-A-Wish) (Make-A-Wish) (Make-A-Wish) (Make-A-Wish) gives the kids an incentive to keep going, keep trying and keep fighting," she said. "It gives the parents and kids that time together to get past all the doctors, and the office visits and the bad news. They can just spend some quality time together, without all those worries." King will step down as equipment manager of the ride after this year's fund-raiser, fund-raiser, fund-raiser, but she plans to continue her involvement. involvement. Other Eaton employees also work or ride as part of the Eaton Road Warriors team. "It's in my blood, so I'm not going to give it up completely," King said. O Contact Nicole Gerring at (810) 989-6270 989-6270 989-6270 or ngerringgannett.com.