Jim was first introduced to The Kid’s Wish Network in 2003 after his daughter Melissa was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Melissa went through 2 brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. It was during this time that he first learned about KWN. The charity was able to grant Melissa’s wish of going to Disney World with the family in spring of 2004. For the first time in months, Melissa’s cancer was not the central focus and everyone was able to have fun. Seeing Melissa’s smile was amazing and the memories made that week were priceless.
That experience had a profound impact on Jim and served as the motivation for Jim to pledge to assist Kid’s Wish Network in carrying out their mission following Melissa’s death.
In 2008, he decided he wanted to do something to help other families going through similar situations. The result was the birth of the Melissa Mai Memorial Golf Scramble. To date, the event has raised thousands of dollars Kid’s Wish Network.
Jim worked for 30 years in the hospitality industry. He worked with companies including Walgreens and McDonald’s. During his tenure he oversaw the building and grand opening of multiple locations and received numerous rewards.
In 2007, life took another turn when Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The effects of the disease are heightened when subjected to stressful situations. Therefore, the family took this opportunity to re-evaluate roles and to make the decision that the priority must be on maintaining the family’s quality of life.
Today, Jim is taking advantage of the opportunity to be a stay at home father for his three children. He is grateful for this incredible gift of time to dedicate to family.
Jim has a number of hobbies including golf, cycling, photography and RV camping with his family. With the experiences that he has gone through, these day to day life activities are times that are cherished and no longer can be taken for granted.
Everyone, including individuals, organizations, and corporations, can help make dreams come true by donating to Kids Wish Network. When you direct your gift to our Guardian Angel fund your donation supports our programs and services to benefit the kids we serve.