Melissa Mai’s Legacy Brings More Dreams to Life

The fifth annual Melissa Mai Memorial Golf Scramble was recently held in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and it raised over $5,000 for Kids Wish Network’s wish kids!

The Melissa Mai Memorial Golf Scramble was started back in 2008 in memory of our Wish Kid, Melissa Mai.  In 2003, Melissa was diagnosed with Stage IV Astrocytoma after collapsing at school. Astrocytoma is the most rapidly growing and devastating form of brain cancer and, though she endured two surgeries to remove the tumor as well as radiation and chemotherapy treatments, her condition was still in decline when we received her wish application; all Melissa wanted for her wish was to take her family to Disney World, and we immediately made that wish come true.

Melissa Mai

During her wish, Melissa had a wonderful time with her family and they created a ton of new memories to cherish. Unfortunately, a year later, Melissa lost her battle with cancer. During their most troubling times, her family continued to reflect on the memories they created together during her wish. They resolved to do something for Kids Wish Network in Melissa’s memory, and the Melissa Mai Memorial Golf Scramble was born.

Five years has passed since the first Melissa Mai Memorial Golf Scramble and it is constantly growing and bringing awareness of Kids Wish Network and Melissa’s story to more and more people each year. This year’s event raised over $5,000 for Kids Wish Network and our Executive Director, Anna Lanzatella, met up with Jim Mai, Melissa’s father, in Orlando where he presented her with a very large check. In addition to this awesome feat, Mr. Mai told Anna that he would sponsor the wish of another Wisconsin child named Hunter, whose wish is to visit Disney World, just like Melissa.

Anna Lanzatella and Jim Mai in Orlando

It was a true surprise that will certainly light up many young lives and we at Kids Wish Network could not be more grateful for Mr. Mai and his family’s dedication to our mission. The continued generosity and devotion to our cause that is shown by Mr. Mai and his family in Melissa’s name is a wonderful legacy that will continue to bring the dreams of kids like Melissa to light each year.

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