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Wheeling woman's decade of good deeds inspires

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  • Jason Johns installs a new section of sewer for Gloria Voit.

       Jason Johns installs a new section of sewer for Gloria Voit.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Gloria Voit of Wheeling, a long time volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, had her own wish granted when Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Schaumburg repaired her sewer line for free.

       Gloria Voit of Wheeling, a long time volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, had her own wish granted when Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Schaumburg repaired her sewer line for free.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Bryan Dick of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Schaumburg gets a hug for making a wish come true for Gloria Voit of Wheeling. The company agreed to perform work at Voit's home for free after learning of her many years of service with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

       Bryan Dick of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Schaumburg gets a hug for making a wish come true for Gloria Voit of Wheeling. The company agreed to perform work at Voit's home for free after learning of her many years of service with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    photos by Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Bryan Dick and Mike Rambo with Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Schaumburg glue a section of sewer pipe for Gloria Voit of Wheeling. The company agreed to perform work at Voit's home for free after learning of her many years of service with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

       Bryan Dick and Mike Rambo with Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Schaumburg glue a section of sewer pipe for Gloria Voit of Wheeling. The company agreed to perform work at Voit's home for free after learning of her many years of service with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

 
 

Impressed by a Wheeling woman's work with children who have life-threatening diseases through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a Schaumburg plumbing contractor decided to repay her with a good deed of his own Wednesday and repair her collapsed sewer pipe for free.

Vinay Rajput, owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, said he looks upon Gloria Voit of Wheeling almost as an honorary grandmother.

"She deserves something like that," said Rajput, who estimates the value of the work at over $5,000. "We want to take care of her because she has done so much for others."

Voit said she has been a volunteer "wish granter" for 10 years, working with approximately 40 children during that time.

Her job is to talk with a family and find out what the child wants, then coordinate with the organization's Chicago office. She also gets to tell the family that the wish will be granted.

"That's the best part," she said.

Voit said her sewer problems surfaced two weeks ago. After others' unsuccessful attempts to address the problem, she called Rajput's office asking about his services. The two did not know each other before Voit called.

Rajput said Voit's sewer problem most likely was caused by tree roots.

Voit said it would have been difficult to come up with the $5,000 herself.

"I know how my kids feel now when I tell them their wish is granted," she said. "If that's the way they feel, I'm going to keep doing it all my life."

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