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Hero Central: Volunteer of the Year has huge impact for Make A Wish family

8:58 AM, Apr 30, 2010   |    comments
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Matt is a marketing manager for the ERC company. After work, his passion is volunteering his time for Make A Wish.

Rachel Murray has been battling leukemia since she was 16 years old. During her darkest hours, Matt was the person who found a way to make her dream come true.

In January, Rachel, along with her mom and step-dad, were the guests of honor at the 2010 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. 

"I couldn't believe it when Rhianna walked up to me and said hello," recalled Rachel. "I tried to remain calm but I know I was gushing as I asked for her autograph."

As she reflected on her chemotherapy treatments and difficult battle with cancer, Rachel said, "I've had some really close calls and that was really hard."

She added, "But when I got thinking about the "Wish" and all the other positive things that were going on, it really helped me get through it. And Matt Seitz helped make it happen."

Her mother, Marge, choked back a tear and said, "I can't say enough about our experience with Matt and with Make A Wish."

Marge added, "I will always remember and I will always be grateful."

Seitz smiled and said, "Just to see how excited Rachel has been and to see the journey she's gone through, that's what makes everything worth it."

Kelly Kleinschmidt, the Make A Wish Executive Director, said, "I am so proud of Matt and our entire organization."

Kelly added, "We know what that means for kids like Rachel to have something to wish for and to hope for. It's truly magical. Matt Seitz is our 2010 Volunteer of the Year."

The Grammy Awards may have been incredible experience for Rachel and her family. However, the best news of this story is that Rachel's cancer has been in remission for the last 19 months.

That may be the best wish of all.

WKYC-TV

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