Michelle Wulfestieg understands just how precious life is. A two-time stroke survivor, whose first brush with death came at age 11, Michelle is dedicated to hospice. With the heart of a servant leader, and as founder of Southern California Hospice Foundation (SCHF), she supports terminally ill patients on their final journey. To supplement traditional hospice care, SCHF provides indispensable services such as buying groceries and paying overdue bills for families in need, but also grants spectacular final wishes. Even celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Harrison Ford just can’t say no to Michelle’s persuasive powers. She also educates the public about hospice. Looking ahead, Michelle just launched a capital campaign to open a live-in residential care home in Orange County for those at the end-of-life. Michelle, who shares her own remarkable life story in an award-winning memoir, All We Have Is Today: A Story of Discovering Purpose, hosts bereavement workshops at Mariners Church and is a member of Women of Chapman, in support of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

“My journey toward generosity began when I was given a life-limiting prognosis as a child. Since then, I have devoted my life to serving the dying.” – Michelle Wulfestieg