Do you know that for a child and family living with a life-threatening illness, normal means frequent trips to the emergency department, numerous missed days at school and at work, and constant bouts of pain and anxiety? Every moment, every day is like a precious gift for critically ill children and their families, who live with so much uncertainty.
What better way to honour the life of a family member or friend?
Create a long lasting legacy. Talk to your financial advisor and Children’s Wish today about making a planned gift to the foundation, such as a bequest (Sample Bequest), charitable gift annuity, life insurance, charitable remainder trust, marketable securities (Gift of Securities), RRSP or RRIF. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can help by volunteering and give the gift of you to Children’s Wish
Children’s Wish was founded 30 years ago to bring a light of hope into the lives of these families. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Children’s Wish has never had to turn down a request from a child. But to ensure we can continue to make every wish come true, and to make it possible for us to help even more children and families, we need your help.
Help us bring the magic of happiness and healing to children, families and communities across Canada. Become a Children’s Wish volunteer today and join a dedicated, nationwide network of more than 4,000 Canadians who give their time and skills to help create moments of hope for children with serious conditions.
Become a Children’s Wish volunteer today
Our volunteers make a difference by pitching in at special events, providing support in our offices, coordinating fundraisers, and representing Children’s Wish in the community. They work hard and learn new skills while enjoying the camaraderie of other volunteers, Children’s Wish staff and Wish families.
Select your chapter to find volunteer opportunities in your area today
Plan an Event
Love to plan? Plan a Children’s Wish fundraiser
Help us keep making life-changing wishes come true by organizing a fundraising event in your community. From sports tournaments and auctions to bake sales and dress down days at workplaces across the country, Children’s Wish events raise money that goes directly towards making the dream of a seriously ill child come true.
After being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2011, Michael’s world came to a screeching halt. He endured an amputation of his lower leg and aggressive chemotherapy treatments. With so much of his time spent in the hospital, Michael needed something positive to focus on. The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada wanted to lift his spirits and, following his valiant fight against cancer, granted his wish to go on an Alaskan cruise with his family. The wish, with his parents and two brothers, was one of the most memorable weeks of their lives. It was an opportunity for the family to put the difficult medical journey behind them and celebrate Michael’s healing and his future. Since his wish, Michael has been living each day to the fullest. He has taken up wakeboarding, camping, skating, kayaking with friends and exploring the wilderness with his camera. Michael was honoured with The Cornell Award from Scouts Canada, the highest award given in Scouting, for his courage and endurance under extreme conditions, and was awarded the Michael Canovale Award for Model of Hope at his high school graduation. Michael has been accepted to all the colleges he applied to and will be studying to be a commercial airline pilot.
Congratulations Michael on all your many accomplishments!
Adrienne Taylor is a Canadian country singer/songwriter who recently went to Nashville to record a song called 3,000 Words. The inspiration for her song came after Adrienne read a story about a young girl who had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and passed away shortly after her 13th birthday (To read the full story click here). Adrienne was so touched by her stories. Adrienne’s cousin Natasha had been diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was eight-years-old, and Adrienne watched as her cousin suffered through chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. Natasha was granted a wish from Children’s Wish, and her whole family got to enjoy her wish with her. Writing 3,000 words came easy for Adrienne as she had such a connection to the young girls story. The song, 3,000 Words will be released to Canadian Country Radio in early November. Adrienne is donating all of the proceeds from the iTunes Downloads to The Children’s Wish Foundation. “I feel it is such a great way for people to make a donation. It’s a small price but potentially could be huge and my goal is to raise money so other children can have their wish come true,” Adrienne said. If you would like to preview Adrienne’s song 3,000 Words click here.
Five-years-old Conor’s wish was for his very own tree house. When Conor was three-years-old he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Shortly after his diagnosis, Conor was granted his wish. The Royal Canadian Mint teamed up with Conor during Exile Island Winnipeg to create Team “Minting for Conor”. The team raised over $10,000, making Conor’s wish a reality. After a summer of planning, Conor’s tree house was ready to be built. Design-Built is the company that built Conor’s tree house. “We are over the moon with Conor’s tree house. He has had so many friends over to play and it has been a huge hit with kids and parents alike,” said Conor’s mom, Morgon. Conor has started kindergarten, and is following successful treatments, and could not be more happy with his wish.
Major Donor Dave Lacey - Lending Leadership and Dollars
Dave Lacey, CEO of Brookfield Real Property Solutions, father, husband, executive, racecar driver and philanthropist has been happy to lend “leadership and dollars” to Children’s Wish for 25 years now, serving on the National and Ontario Boards and as a driving force behind several fundraising initiatives. Lacey has led what many would see as an adventurous and accomplished life, since moving from South Africa to Canada at 12. “My parents arrived with absolutely nothing; my dad is a self-made man who rose to become a top executive. Canada has been extremely good to us and I was raised with a strong sense of philanthropy,” says Lacey. Lacey, now 46, was introduced to Children’s Wish in his mid-twenties through Jeff Pabst, who helped create the Children’s Wish Ride-A-Long, a unique day of racing and exotic cars for wish children at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park that has raised $450,000 to date. Additionally, the Lacey family managed Doncaster Foundation has donated an astounding $150,000 over the years. “Children’s Wish has a clear mandate, granting wishes to children across Canada with life threatening illnesses. It allows us to see the journey of the child and their family and the direct impact of the wish,” Lacey says. Lacey’s involvement with Children’s Wish continues to evolve as his personal life continues to change as well. “Becoming a father has certainly changed the way I live my life. Being involved with Children’s Wish is very grounding. Every person can give back in some way. Children’s Wish needs your help.”
The Children’s Wish Foundation honours Jocelyne and Claude Giguère this year with the Laura Cole Volunteer of the Year award. For Jocelyne and Claude, volunteering at Children’s Wish began as a tribute to their daughter, Marjorie. More than 20 years ago, Marjorie had her wish granted, and through that unforgettable experience, Jocelyne and Claude have demonstrated unwavering commitment and enthusiasm for Children’s Wish. Because of their personal experience as wish parents, Jocelyne and Claude are able to quickly establish rapport and trust with wish families. Their efforts have led to more than 400 wishes and thousands of dollars raised for wish children and their families. Thank you, Jocelyne and Claude, for your generosity and lifelong commitment to Children’s Wish.
Canada Cycles For Kids
Cycling across Canada for Wishes
In 2002, Marc Balevi and Rob Fetherstonhaugh, combined their love of cycling and their passion for helping children, and created Canada Cycles for Kids. Each year a team embarks on a bicycle tour and this year they cycled from Calgary to Vancouver in 11 days. Throughout the years they have cycled across all of Canada and to date, CCFK has cycled close to 12,000 kilometers. Their ultimate goal was to raise $500,000 for Children’s Wish and Canada Cycles For Kids has surpassed their goal. CCFK continues to raise funds for Children’s Wish.
Going the distance for Children’s Wish
To raise $370,000 for Children’s Wish, the eight cyclists of Team Xstrata pedaled over 4,800 kilometres to cross the finish line as part of Race Across America, one of the world’s longest running endurance sport events. Team captain Shaun Usmar, Chief Financial Officer of Xstrata, a leading global diversified mining company, says it’s the children struggling with life-threatening illnesses who are the true heroes. “They are the ones that set the example for strength, fortitude and endurance,” he says. “They are our heroes.”