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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Salutes Six 'Angels'
Date:10/11/2007

nt Dianne Martin is a Detroit Public Schools psychologist assigned to two schools for youths with multiple impairments and developmental delays. Since 2001, she has developed and coordinated The Wishing Well Program. Wishing Well is a grief and loss program based at Loving Elementary School for children and families who have lost a loved one either through death, military assignment or other circumstances.

-- The Rev. James L. Meyer of Detroit has worked with critically and terminally ill youth since 1971 as a chaplain at hospitals, and in 2000, founded the Chalfonte Foundation. Its focus is Chalfonte House, a home in Elk Rapids that Meyer has run for the last 15 years as a year-round haven for children and young adults. Chalfonte House hosts up to 24 guests for free weekend and week-long retreats, providing spiritual, psychological, recreational, financial and educational support for terminally ill and special needs children.

-- After his mother died from cancer in 2004, Michael Hockney of Macomb Township founded the Rosemary A. Hockney Memorial Foundation to help families living with cancer. The foundation provides respite to families dealing with the disease, such as tickets to a baseball or football game, and also provides financial aid ranging from meeting mortgage and utility payments to other expenses. The foundation also offers services ranging from volunteer teachers to tutor patients in hospitals, to scholarships for children who've beaten cancer.

-- This year's "Littlest Angel" is 17-year-old Ashley Wilk of Sterling Heights. In 2006 after a visit to Children's Hospital of Michigan's oncology department for her annual checkup after having lost a kidney to cancer at age 10 months, Wilk asked about the toys that had been in the waiting room when she was a young patient. When she was told they were eliminated because they could be a hazard to children with weak immune systems, she successfully began a school toy drive to provide new items ch
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