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Frédérique enjoys her Children's Wish trip to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Jayden & his parents get ready 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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