Michelle Wolfson

I don't even know where to begin when it comes to talking about my wife, Michelle. She is one of the most amazing, resilient and determined people that I have ever met. I honestly don't know what our family would do without her at our side. She and I have three children, all born with unique special needs: out two daughters have a rare form of a progressive life-shortening Muscular Dystrophy and our son is Autistic. We don't expect our children to ever be able to live independently, which is devastating to a parent. For the past ten years, Michelle has been tirelessly advocating for our kids and for other children with special needs, often times helping to mentor other parents in how to navigate the school systems and other challenges that families like us deal with day-to-day. She has been the glue that has held us together when there were so many times that I thought we'd fall apart, throughout surgeries and hundreds of doctor appointments for our children over the years. In the summer of 2015, Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and then reconstruction. During this time, my father was also diagnosed with cancer and has spent months at a time in the hospital. Somehow, Michelle was able to find time for him above herself and provide encouragement and love to my father through this nightmare. She has shown her love and dedication as a daughter-in-law to the nth degree, while still recovering herself. During this time, our youngest daughter was dropped from Mercy Care due to mistake with Social Security; when she found out that KidsCare was up to be voted on by the Senate and that the Senate leader wouldn't even let the bill be heard, Michelle got in touch with the news and became an proponent for getting KidsCare back in place to assist the thousands of AZ children without insurance. I don't know where my family would be without her - she is the greatest mother, daughter-in-law and sister-in-law that I have ever met. I only hope that one day I can hold a candle to her.

Michael Wolfson