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State Honoree

Sara Bulaga

Vermont

helped organize a group of students to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sara, inspired by her grandmother who had recently died of cancer, tried to imagine what it would be like to have a life-threatening illness. “I realized that I could get sick with a serious illness at any time,” said Sara. As she began to understand how devastating terminal illness is on young children, who have so many hopes and dreams that have yet to come true, Sara decided to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant some of those wishes. In the spring of 1999, she encouraged six friends to join in her crusade, and enlisted support from their mothers and their teacher. The group would get together to brainstorm fund-raising ideas, and then work hard to make their projects happen. They’ve held a bake sale and a garage sale, among other events, and have raised $500 so far. Sara plans to keep working toward a goal of $1,000 so that as many children who suffer from terminal illnesses as possible can have their dreams come true. “It may take a lot out of you, but in the end it’s going to help somebody so much.”