April 24, 2021
Make-A-Wish Maine volunteer dynamic duo Cheryl Mercier and Cindy McCarthy were inspired to start their time with the organization when they became empty nesters. Their children were friends, and in turn, they became the best of friends.
They did their training together when their youngest children graduated from high school, after a friend had recommended they get involved. While their skill sets are different, the pair complement each other like any perfect match.
Cheryl recalled her best friend growing up coping with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and how special it was when she was granted a wish to swim with dolphins saying, “I remember how much that meant to her and how much joy it brought to her family.”
One of Cindy’s children battled an illness where they spent time in children’s hospitals and she acknowledged how much joy can make an impact on families dealing with sickness.
Cheryl says, “Being able to do a little something for a family whose going through so much is wonderful to watch. When you see the family interacting, it just feels good to witness. You realize, if only for a moment, everything is okay.” Cindy followed-up with, “Seeing all of the joy these families display gives you a sense of appreciation for what you have.”
Cheryl and Cindy aren’t involved for recognition. They both love what they do because it provides joy and they get to spend time working on making wishes come true with families that are really awesome.
- Cheryl Mercier & Cindy McCarthy, Make-A-Wish Maine Volunteers