Tonawanda News — The young girl later lost her battle with the disease, and Heiss wanted to do something in her honor.
“I saw how integral Make-A-Wish was in her life,” she said. “We started fundraising at just one school, but it has become a community event. It just grew, and grew and grew.”
Fletcher Principal John McKenna, who also helps with the Make-A-Wish events, credited Heiss for her work.
“She is the backbone of what we do. She is the heart and soul,” he said.
Both McKenna and Heiss said the fundraising projects help them teach the students about empathy and compassion.
“We’ve helped so many children, but we get back so much more than we give. I can’t stress enough how much of a win-win this is,” he said.
Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.