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SOURCE: Amtrak Foundation honors local Woman's efforts with Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish earn recognition By JOSEPH DEINLEIN Times Herald When her son, Greg, was a young boy, Nancy King went through anguish the parents of Make -A-Wish -A-Wish -A-Wish -A-Wish children know well. Because of an undiagnosed undiagnosed ruptured appendix, her son, who is now 30, underwent numerous surgeries and lost almost all of his intestine. Though he never applied to the Times Herald national foundation that grants wishes of seriously ill children, King knows he would have qualified. qualified. From her Nancy King experiences, and the help of her employer, employer, Eaton Corp. in South-field, South-field, South-field, the 56-year-old 56-year-old 56-year-old 56-year-old 56-year-old Cot-trellville Cot-trellville Cot-trellville Township resident became involved with the Make -A-Wish -A-Wish -A-Wish -A-Wish Foundation. That was 13 years ago. Her efforts and those of 16 Emmi's ticket while passenger London, Ontario, other people across the country, called "Everyday Heroes," are being recognized recognized by the national foundation foundation Saturday with a Caribbean cruise and award. "For me personally, it's wonderful," King said. "I feel like I'm giving something something back because my son still is in my life." Jeannette Tarcha, Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan spokeswoman, said the award is very special. special. The state branch has 500 volunteers, and there are 77 branches across the country. 'everyday hero' "We're talking probably 44,000 volunteers nationwide," nationwide," she said. Foundation officials chose King because of her involvement involvement with the annual Wish-A-Mile Wish-A-Mile Wish-A-Mile Wish-A-Mile Wish-A-Mile 300 Bicycle Tour, which has helped grant more than 2,000 wishes. King has been in charge of logistics for the three-day, three-day, three-day, 300-mile 300-mile 300-mile bike ride. She is responsible for ensuring tents, equipment, food and other items are sent ahead as bikers trek across the state. "She has been a tremendous tremendous asset to us, making that easy and simple and efficient," Tarcha said. King said the support of her employer has made things easier. Eaton has donated semi-trucks semi-trucks semi-trucks to move items, as well as donated employee time and money. , While the honor and cruise are great, King views it as icing on the cake. "My son (Greg) is getting married the night before,' she said. "It's going to be a wild weekend." O Contact Joseph Deinlein at (810) 989-6272 989-6272 989-6272 or a

Clipped from The Times Herald02 May 2005, MonPage 1

The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan)02 May 2005, MonPage 1
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