“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: Sherri Viccarone lost her daughter to brain cancer when she was 16 years old in 1996. Since that time, Sherri has inspired our community to give back in Misty’s memory. It started simple, as a teddy bear collection for the children’s hospital at Christmas time, but has grown into so much more. In 2010, Misty’s Wish became a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families with life threatening illnesses. Through Misty’s Wish, Sherri runs fundraisers to support a children’s hospice program, supports the child life department of multiple hospitals, collects gifts for children at Christmas and so much more. She’s dedicated her life to helping families get through the toughest challenge they could face and bravely faces her own grief in order to serve families in similar situations. You can find her and Misty’s Wish volunteers making and serving meals at the children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald house and connecting with families often. At the center of everything she does, Sherri is spreading the message of childhood cancer awareness and keeping her daughter’s memory alive by helping other families like her own. More about Misty’s Wish can be found at www.mistyswish.org” – Shannon V.