In 2003, Michael wished to go with his family to Southern California on what he calls a “trip of firsts.” He was able to go to Disneyland Resort and see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. He also went to the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, SeaWorld and Mission Beach for the first time. Michael has continued to stay involved with Make-A-Wish® Central New York over the years, speaking at multiple events and serving as Volunteer Social Media Manager. He was honored in 2012 with the Cindy Award for his volunteer work for the Foundation. Michael is an avid blogger and enjoys spending time with friends and family.