Dear Friends and Family,
I met our 2017 Make-A-Wish Child Kira when she visited The Starr Group office on March 29 with her mother. Kira talked about coping with her diagnosis of Childhood Leukemia and the revolutionary Bone Marrow treatment she received at Children’s Hospital involving stem cell therapy. Kira was the first person in the state of Wisconsin to receive this kind of treatment. “I think it’s working well!” she said.
Kira will be graduating high school this spring. Her illness prevented her from attending Brookfield East for the greater part of the school year. She had been taking courses online. “It’s the best senior year ever!” she laughed. She expected to be well enough to join her classmates again for the end of the school year and graduation.
Kira is a ballerina and she recently danced in “The Story of Moses” at Elmbrook Church.
Medical bills have made family finances a little tight. Ever the optimist, Kira’s Wish is to have tuition for her freshman year at UW-Steven’s Point where she plans to double major in Wildlife Ecology and dance. “I love animals,” she explained, “but I’m not ready to give up dancing just yet!”
On June 10, 2017, I will be participating in the “Starr Spin”, a fund raiser for Kira’s tuition. We’ll be burning calories in a Spin Class to raise donations for Kira’s cause. We refer to it as “Burnin’ for Kira’s Learnin’!” (And yes, I did create the logo design for the t-shirt!)
Please consider helping me in this effort by contributing any amount you can - $10, $20, $50 or even more. EVERY dollar you donate will go directly to Kira’s Tuition.
Your generosity will bring this sweet girl one step closer to her “Wish”!
Miss Cheryl Michalek