Lacey Hofhenke, MHS graduate whose hometown is Miller, was featured in the Fall/Winter issue of “Wishful Thinking,” published by Make-A-Wish South Dakota.
Hofhenke said she has been a volunteer for Make-A-Wish officially for two years, although she has been involved for much longer.
She volunteers and helps grant wishes in honor of her sister, Tanya, who was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia in April 1994, and wished for a family vacation to Hawaii…which was granted.
Tanya has been cancer-free for 12 years, but memories of the Hawaii trip are strong.
Hofhenke says she is a volunteer because, “I saw the strength, hope and joy Make-A-Wish gave to my sister, and I want to help share the power of a wish with other kids across South Dakota.”
As she does so, she loves meeting new people and learning their stories. “I’m inspired down to the core by each and every wish kid I have met.”
Hofhenke will graduate in December from the University of South Dakota, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in human resource management, and a minor in contemporary media and journalism.
She urges others to consider volunteering for Make-A-Wish. “Do it! It’s the best gift you could ever give someone.”