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September Volunteers of the Month: Marie Fillhart and Samantha Atchley

Congratulations to Marie Fillhart and Samantha Atchley, our September 2013 Volunteers of the Month!

Marie and Samantha are a mother-daughter wish granting team that cover our Northern Arizona wish kids.  Since 2007, Marie has granted 27 wishes. She brought Samantha into the Make-A-Wish® Arizona family in 2009, just 18 years after Marie "brought" Samantha into her own family. Samantha has been a part of 15 Northern Arizona wish teams.

Marie first came to Make-A-Wish in 2009 after volunteering at a hospice and realizing she would like to do more to support children. Since then, she has granted 27 wishes in the White Mountain area of northern Arizona and she loves it. Among her most memorable wishes was a set of three wish kid siblings whose wish for a joint shopping spree took over 2½ years to grant.

Her absolute favorite wish was the first one she and Samantha granted together for a young wish kid named Arley. Arley's love of The Weather Channel and Disney created a perfect opportunity for his wish to go on a Disney cruise. Samantha recalls that while sending Arley and his family off, she had never seen a little boy so excited for a trip.

"I love to see their excitement after all of the hard things they have been through," Samantha says. "I love to help them take a break from everything and just have fun being a kid."

Marie and Samantha's dedication to grating wishes in Northern Arizona is critical to our mission. We thank you, Marie and Samantha, for your consistent hard work in making magical dreams come true. We could not do it without you both!

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