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#ForWishes: Debbie Tillman

Debbie Tillman
I was one of the founding board members of Make-A-Wish Georgia, over 20 years ago.

Our first wish was to a precious young boy named Ares, who had a brain tumor. His wish was to meet the Atlanta Hawks. This was a little difficult because it was not during basketball season and Ares was very ill.

We were able to work with the team to put together a wish for Ares in a short amount of time. Ares got to meet all of the players, have his picture taken and got lots of Hawks gear. It was a special day for a special young man.

I got involved with this chapter in memory of my three-year-old son, Robbie, who had recently passed away. This was something to help me get through the grief of this loss. This was my way of remembering him.

I’m amazed at how much this organization has grown over the last twenty years. They have a fantastic staff, but it’s really the community that is Make-A-Wish Georgia. We can work as hard as we want to, but without the community’s support, it just doesn’t happen. It was that way when we first started and it’s that way now.

My name is Debbie Tillman and I am #ForWishes.

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