I'm excited to be participating in this event for the third year. Last year was amazing and we raised $40,000. Let's keep the momentum going! I am dedicating this year´s Vermont Beardies Contest to Addi. Addi is an 8-year-old girl living in Essex Junction, who makes everyone she meets smile and believe in possibilities. She suffers from a life-threatening illness that impacts all of her systems but especially her brain. It has never been seen in medical science history. The doctors have been able to slow it's progress, but it will not be cured in her lifetime. Addi´s family feels lucky to have had the time they've had together and hope for many more days. Each day, they focus on the quality of life and the memories they are making.
Addi´s wish for a pool was granted thanks to donations to Make-A-Wish and although Addi´s illness does not have a cure, she can feel as comfortable as possible and happy by the pool with her family. Make-A-Wish cannot provide more time for these families, but it can give the gift of joyful memories. By donating to Make-A-Wish, children like Addi can focus on feeling hope and excitement, instead of focusing on their illness.