Every day, employees at Healics work to help people live happier, healthier, more vibrant lives. Our efforts to help others also extend beyond the workplace through gifts of time and resources to assist those in need in our community.
Make A Wish Wisconsin
In March 2014, Healics began contributing dollars to help grant wishes to children through Make a Wish Wisconsin. As an organization, we donate funds following the completion of our clients’ health risk assessment events as a way of saying thanks. To date, we’ve helped three children — Smith, Madelyn and Ruben — realize a dream and are in the process of granting a fourth wish.
Healics employees gather following the presentation of our first Make A Wish star for granting Smith’s wish to visit Costa Rica. Pictured are Nicole Isler, Kristine Schroeder, Michael Naparalla, Patti Plough, Wendy Cozzens and Pam Punak.
Fourteen-year-old Smith, who is living with rhabdomyosarcoma, wanted to go on a family vacation to Costa Rica to see the beach and learn how to surf. In the spring of 2014, Healics employees made his wish come true. Smith and his family traveled by limo to the airport, where they caught a flight to Costa Rica. Once there, they stayed at a beach resort on the ocean. They zip-lined through trees, toured the rain forest by ATV, relaxed on the beach and dined like royalty. Private surfing lessons for his family were the highlight of Smith’s amazing family trip.
When the Healics team first learned of Madelyn in 2014, she was a 10-year-old living with cystic fibrosis. She loved riding her bike, watching television and reading. More than anything, Madelyn wanted to visit Hawaii. Fast forward to 2015, and her wish has come true. Healics employees gave generously to help this young girl realize her dream. Now, she doesn’t have to just read about Hawaii. She can close her eyes and remember the scent of the leis, the sound of the ocean and the feel of the sand beneath her feet.
Ruben is a 7-year-old boy from Milwaukee, who is living with an inherited neurological disorder and a seizure disorder. While he faces more challenges than the average child, Ruben has a frequent smile on his face. He enjoys going for rides and playing with noise-making toys. He is also a fan of classical music. Ruben’s wish was to visit the Wisconsin Dells, and thanks to the team at Healics, he and his family did in the fall of 2015.
Hearts, Heroes, Healics
Particularly during the holiday season, Healics looks for ways to share our own good fortune. At our 2015 holiday party, employees were asked to select an American flag (or two or three) off a decorated tree. Each flag noted a wish item that employees would purchase for veterans at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. The Healics team opened their hearts gladly and filled a car with presents for the local men and women who served our country over the years. Gifts were delivered to the VA Center on 12/23/15, just in time for Christmas.