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Bridget's Wish

For the love of riding horses

Bridget is seven years old and has been battling Wilm’s Tumour for over a year. She has had to endure harsh treatments but has stayed active and positive throughout her battle. Six months ago, Bridget entered a contest to win pony-riding lessons at Partidge Acres. She never had lessons before but always wanted to be able to ride one by herself. She has loved horses and ponies since she was two years old. Bridget won the contest and was able to start her lessons after treatment! When Bridget found out she was able to have her wish granted, she knew right away what her wish was going to be. Bridget wished for a horse to be able to continue her passion. She is currently learning to ride English Style, and named her horse Dancer!

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Alistair's Wish

Trailer Travelling

Alistair was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay and travelling with his family is often difficult. He and his family love the outdoors and Alistair especially loves camping. When Alistair’s family found out he was granted his wish, they knew right away that a trailer would make him the happiest. To wrap up the summer, his family went on a 12-day camping trip! The trailer allows Alistair to take a comfortable and safe camping trip that is close to home. His mom says the trailer is "truly life changing for all of us"!  Alistair had so much fun being able to be carefree and enjoy all the things he loves to do with his family.

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Elijah's Wish

Being adventurous just became easier

Elijah’s family has always enjoyed living an active lifestyle. As Elijah grew from a baby to a young boy, his condition made it difficult to travel and participate in his family’s activities such as camping, hiking and swimming. Elijah has Timothy Syndrome, which is a rare genetic disorder. When Elijah was granted his wish, his family decided that the Hippocampe chair would be the best thing for him. It would give him the freedom to be able to travel with his family and participate on all of their family activities. Now they can enjoy all of their adventures together and be carefree. He can't wait for the winter to try his ski attachments!

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Carter at Zoo

Carter's Wish

Visiting animals and playing with Lego

What could be more fun than spending a day at LEGOLAND and the zoo? That must have been what three-year-old Carter thought when he was asked what he wanted for his wish. When Carter was very young, he was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma and has since had numerous treatments. With the help of Children’s Wish, Carter was able spend a week in Toronto, visiting the Toronto Zoo to see all of his favourite animals, and spend a day exploring LEGOLAND.

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Frédérique enjoys her Children's Wish trip to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics
From wish child to award-winning philanthropist

Bryden Hutt

From wish child to award-winning philanthropist

Bryden Hutt, who was diagnosed with a severe immune system disorder called Omenn syndrome, was five years old when Children’s Wish Foundation granted his wish to go to Disneyland. Bryden was so grateful to Children’s Wish that he started volunteering for the organization. In 2012, he became one of the first 60 Canadians to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented at Rideau Hall by Canada’s prime minister and governor general.

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Braden's wish to meet braden
Opening pitch is 20,000th wish

Kelsey Panton

Opening pitch is 20,000th wish

Play ball! With the help of Children’s Wish and the Toronto Blue Jays, Kelsey Panton was able to get her wish: to throw the ceremonial pitch at a Jays game. It was a memorable occasion in more ways than one; Kelsey, who was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma at the age of 16 and was undergoing chemotherapy, was the Children’s Wish Foundation’s 20,000th wish child. Watching her favourite team play, says Kelsey, "took the dread of the day away."

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From video game to reality
Diamond Marshall’s Wish

Diamond’s Wish

Meet the Girl who Stole Kate's Heart

Diamond Marshall’s wish was more like a fairy tale: she wanted to meet a real-life princess, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Diagnosed with stage IV undifferentiated sarcoma, Diamond was referred to Children's Wish. Her dream became reality thanks to an invitation from the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. When the duchess visited Alberta, Diamond hugged her legs shyly before presenting her with flowers and a homemade gift. Today, eight-year-old Diamond is in her second remission from cancer – and thrilled to learn that the beautiful princess she met years ago has given birth to a prince.

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Emily’s Hawaiian Wish
Anne Marie’s Wish

Anne Marie’s Wish

Anne Marie Rides with Ian Millar

Cystic fibrosis couldn’t keep Anne-Marie Latter away from horses and riding. But after a complicated intestinal obstruction and lung infection put her back in hospital, Anne-Marie made a Children’s Wish to ride with Olympian Ian Millar. “I never thought I would get a special privilege like this,” says Anne-Marie. “But you know I think that all people who are sick should be able to have that chance – the chance to do something they never thought they could and to share it with their family.”

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Paige’s Wish
Darcy’s Dream
Roary’s Story

Roary’s Story

Our beloved mascot Roary is a most courageous creature

Like the children whose lives have been transformed by a Children’s Wish – and who in turn have transformed the lives of everyone around them – our beloved mascot Roary is a most courageous creature. He embodies hope for a brighter future and gives our wish children the strength to move forward. Children’s Wish presents every wish child with their very own Roary. He stays with them right to the day of their wish, and reminds them constantly of better and brighter days to come.

Roary's Poem

 

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Do you know a child you'd like to refer to Children’s Wish?
Call us at 1-800-267-WISH (9474) to make a referral.

Children who may be eligible for a Children’s Wish can be referred by anyone, including social workers, healthcare professionals, community organizations, relatives, friends, or other wish families. In addition, the parents or legal guardians of the child you're referring must communicate their interest in a wish directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

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