On February 25th, 2020 our lives were forever changed.
Emilee Woodruff was born in Saginaw, Michigan on October 19th, 1996. Emilee graduated from Bridgeport High School with the class of 2015. While in high school, she had also taken classes with the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center. She was diagnosed with Epilepsy when she was in middle school. Emilee worked as a Hospitality Ambassador with Covenant HealthCare and was also a server at Applebee’s. She was a faithful and devoted Christian and loved her family, friends, and community. Emilee was always smiling, laughing, and enjoying life. Emilee was engaged to be married and was pregnant with her second child.
Autumn Wlock was born in Saginaw, Michigan on April 20th, 2019 to Emilee Woodruff and Michael Wlock. Autumn’s favorite things were elephants, watching My Little Pony, Macaroni and Cheese, chocolate milk, and soft blankets. She loved to laugh and make raspberry sounds.
On February 25th, 2020 a fire started in their home in Bridgeport and Emilee and Autumn were trapped inside. Emilee and Autumn died in each other’s arms. They had no smoke detectors or fire extinguishers in their home. Emilee was 23 years old and Autumn was 10 months old.
In memory of Emilee and Autumn, their family created The W2 Foundation in an attempt to prevent other families from having a similar tragedy happen in their lives.
Our vision is for the Mid-Michigan area to have the tools and knowledge to prevent or aide in an emergency situation. The foundation also envisions a safe, supportive, and trauma informed environment for students, adults, and families effected by epilepsy.
The W2 Foundation's mission is to provide prevention materials and education on fire safety to families along with providing support to youth and their families diagnosed with epilepsy.
The W2 Foundation was created to honor their memory.
Fire Safety Supplies
The W2 Foundation provides smoke detectors to low income families that live in counties that do not have free fire safety community programs.
Epilepsy College Scholarship
The W2 Foundation provides an annual scholarship to a high school senior that has epilepsy.
The W2 has multiple fundraisers throughout the year to support causes related to fire safety and helping families with epilepsy.