Edward, 93, is a resident of Chicago, IL. Edward’s Wish of a Lifetime was to visit the Upper Peninsula in Michigan where he could relive some of his fondest childhood memories and honor his late grandparents.
Edward’s sight isn’t what it once was, but he remains sharp as a nail. What he can’t see, he can still describe in vivid detail. Listening to Ed share stories about his summers in Calumet and Ahmeek with his grandparents truly puts you there with him.
Edward’s grandparents were some of the first people to settle in Calumet, MI. They opened a general store and had a farm in the nearby town of Ahmeek. Edward and his brother used to travel to the Upper Peninsula after they got off of school to stay with their grandparents every summer. Copper miners settled most of the area, and Edward’s father worked at the famous Red Jacket copper mine. His uncle worked at the First National Bank in Calumet. Ed’s roots remain grounded in the Upper Peninsula.
Wish of a Lifetime was happy to send Edward and his daughter, Judi, out to the Upper Peninsula on October 2nd, 2012. As Edward stated, “I may not be able to see everything, but I can still leave my footprints in the dirt”. As beautiful as the pictures from this trip were, it is the people he met and the conversations he had that made Ed’s experience such a special Wish.