Meeting Matthew Chayet, a West Bloomfield High School freshman, you would never guess that since he was a baby he has been admitted to the hospital more than 30 times ranging from three to 29 nights.
His mother, Fawn, says Matthew has overcome obstacles doctors didn’t think he would, and he always comes out of the dark times with a smile and love around him — and he’s always thinking of what he can do for others.
Now that Matthew has entered high school, the family’s focus is on him enjoying the normal routine of high school freshmen.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to give back.
“We always taught our kids to give back whenever they can,” Fawn said. She and her husband, Adam, had been approached by Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan in the past to grant a wish for a Matthew, but had always turned it down.
“We’ve always thought Make-A-Wish was a great organization and always donated, never imagining we’d ever be on the receiving end of it. No one ever really does,” Fawn said, after accepting an as-yet-unspecified wish for Mathew from Make-A-Wish.
Once the Chayet family accepted the wish, they got busy understanding and learning more about the organization — and making good things happen for other kids.
They will host a fundraising event for Make-A-Wish on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Core Cycle, 6716 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield. There will be exercise classes, shopping, food from local restaurants and lots of fun all for a great cause.
Free classes will be held throughout the day: 6 a.m. spin, 8:30 a.m. circuit, 9:30 a.m. boxing, 5:30 p.m. spin and 6:30 p.m. boxing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Shop from 4:30-8 p.m. at tables from Blue Lagoon, Ella Designs, Event Bliss, Passion4 Fashion, Pawn Chick Shopping or Ehrlooms Fine Jewelry — a portion of sales goes to Make-A-Wish.
Or make donations directly to Make-A-Wish at michiganwish.org.