Big Maggie and Little Aerail were matched in November 2015. Maggie describes that it took about two years to really build trust, but they have grown to have a very supportive and close relationship.
On their very first outing, the match went to the Central Library to read and play checkers. Learning how to ride a bike without training wheels was one of their first goals as a match and bike riding along the Canal has become one of their favorite activities to do together.
In August of 2022, Aerail was a bridesmaid in Maggie’s wedding. Maggie describes that on her wedding day “it truly meant the world to have all of my sisters next to me.” Maggie explains, “[Aerail] is family to me.” Aerail says Maggie is “a sister and a mentor… she’s always been there.” Maggie describes how fulfilling it’s been “watching Aerail grow and getting to walk next to her. It’s been a privilege to be her sister,” she says.