Earlier this year, the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice held its very first Dancing with the Stars Marquette County Style. The event raised over $35,000. Much of the money raised went into a fund called Make a Memory.
One of the recipients was 92-year-old Rose Thompson who was able to be a part of her great-granddaughter's wedding.
"That's a picture of me holding a bouquet that's the exact duplicate of the bouquets that the girls used at Molly's wedding," said Rose Thompson.
Thompson is a patient with the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. When the organization found out she could not attend the wedding in California, they threw her a party, invited her friends and even helped set up a video chat so she could be the matron of honor in her great-granddaughter's wedding.
"I was very proud of the fact that I lived long enough to see it. She was the most beautiful girl in the world. I just gave her a big hug and kiss and said congratulations," Thompson said.
Thompson's great-granddaughter, Molly Rolig, said having her great-grandmother at her wedding was a memory she will never forget.
"She was there when I was getting ready, and we got to have kind of a first look with her, and I got to twirl around and show her my dress, and I will always cherish being able to have my great-grandmother at my wedding. How lucky am I," said Rolig.
The U.P. Home Health and Hospice helps 200 patients a year, and with the money raised from the Dancing with the Stars event, they will continue to make their patients' wishes come true.
"People sometimes think of hospice as being death and dying, and it's the complete opposite. It's about living life to the fullest and enjoying every day that you're here," said Lindsay Hemmila, Director of Community Services.
Round two of Dancing with the Stars Marquette County Style will be held again next year as the U.P. Home Health and Hospice continues to raise money and help their patients make more memories.