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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.

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Spider Mable

Nathan’s most heartfelt wish realized

At just a few days old, Nathan was diagnosed with an unknown neurological condition which was later determined to be Pontocerebellar Hypoplasis Type 2A. Nathan is non-verbal, tube-fed and uses a wheelchair. He also has epilepsy and severe global development delay. Nathan, now 9 years-old, wished for a backyard hot tub, which was installed at the end of this summer. Nathan’s two most favorite things are being outside and spending time in the water. The heat and jets help him loosen up and relax, and are great for his circulation.

Before Nathan’s mom, Elizabeth, came to Children’s Wish, they had reached out to two other wish granting organizations. They were denied from one, and the second provided a choice of 4 prepared packages. While the family was discouraged at first, Nathan represents a group of children who are now eligible for a wish at Children's Wish because of our expanded mission to include serious genetic and neurological diagnoses.


Meet Ruby, one of the first of new criteria

Ruby is a very special 7 year-old. She’s one of the first children to benefit from our newly expanded criteria to include kids with serious neurological and genetic conditions.

Ruby was born with 13Q Deletion Syndrome, a rare genetic condition where one arm of her chromosome is missing. Ruby’s condition has left her with seizures, oromotor dysfunction and global development delays. “Ruby needs 24/7 care and can never be left alone,” explains Ruby’s mom, Suzanne.

The whole family was thrilled when Ruby’s wish to visit Disney World was granted. For one incredible week, Ruby, along with her parents and brother, Jake, swam in the pool, went on rides and enjoyed parades. But the true highlight was meeting the princesses!

“Ruby loves princesses and getting dressed up so this was a big deal,” says Suzanne. “This was Ruby’s vacation — her wish. The princesses were so sweet to Ruby.”


A special name for a special child

A very special child with a very unique name deserves a most magical wish. T’Onia (tee-own-a) wishes to go on a Disney cruise. She is 6 and has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, is visually impaired and non-verbal.

Her dad Cavaliers and step-mom Tanya, know not to take anything for granted, not even the ability to scratch your nose. They knew the simple things that most people are able to do, like feeding themselves or dressing themselves, is something that T’Onia will never be able to do on her own.

T’Onia’s family has wanted to take a Disney trip for years now, but knowing that their daughter’s medical challenges would make a family vacation difficult, they put it off year after year.

Now that Children’s Wish has expanded their mission to include children like T’Onia, the whole family is so excited for their Disney cruise. T’Onia and her family look forward to going swimming every day on their cruise!


Alex’s Titanic Museum wish

Alex, an 8 year old from Kanata with Langerhans cell histiocytosis, has a very interesting passion…everything Titanic! He owns every book, has seen every documentary and even has the theme song to the movie memorized.

There was only one thing he truly wanted for his wish – Alex wanted to visit the Titanic Museum in Ireland. So in August, Alex and his family went on the trip of a lifetime where Alex was up front and centre, even helping the museum guide give the tour! His illness did not slow his passion at all. The family really enjoyed exploring everything that the Emerald Isle had to offer.

One of the other highlights of their trip was when they crossed the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Mom and dad were holding on to all 3 kids for fear they would fall off the steep cliff. All Mom could say after they crossed was, “That was nuts! I was so nervous!” All of our Wish kids are so brave!


A week to just have fun for sisters Mya and Lily

Every time Mya’s mom asked what was her favourite part of her Wish trip to Disney, the answer was different. There were so many special memories made! While most kids wouldn’t include the bus or train ride as one of their favourite memories, it was Mya’s first time on both and she loved it! Some of her favourite parts do include Splash Mountain and the submarine to find Nemo too.

Mya and her little sister Lily have started to question why they need to have daily physical therapy when other children don’t. Mom Lindsay and dad Kenny decided the girls were coping well enough with their Cystic Fibrosis during their trip, that they could take a break from their usual medical routine and start each day with fun!


Mady's Wish

Meeting Mary Poppins

Madelyn is six years old and has Cerebral Palsy. She suffers from seizures and has had to have two surgeries in her life. Madelyn encounters countless hospital visits, which have become a part of her life. One of the many things Madelyn adores is the beloved character Mary Poppins. Over the last few years, Madelyn has turned to her favourite movie to help her through her difficult times, and the uncertainty of her medical life. “She can be crying in pain, but the moment the movie comes on and she see’s Mary Poppins, her pain seems to subside, and she smiles,” said Madelyn’s mom. Madelyn’s wish is a great reminder of how special each wish is. Madelyn’s wish was to meet her favourite character Mary Poppins. All of the uncertainties faded away the moment they met, and Madelyn’s face lit up with joy.

Wish Child Nathan goes camping

Making camping a reality

Nathan, 17, has always loved the idea of camping, but it’s one of the many activities he’s never been able to do because of his medical condition.

Nathan was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy, Danny Walker Syndrome and increased spasticity when he was just 8 months old. His condition requires a lot of special equipment and daily supplies, which can make packing much like a Tetris gaming battle.

Nathan knew exactly what he wanted for his Wish – a trailer big enough for his family and all his medical equipment. Roadmaster RV helped Nathan choose the perfect trailer and Children’s Wish outfitted it with everything he and his family would need.

For years to come, they can now go camping together as a family; making memories on the road, camping out among the relaxing sounds of nature, and laughing beside the crackling of a campfire.

Nathan has taken his trailer out on its’ maiden voyage (with Roary of course!) and can’t wait to go again!

Ethan goes to Hawaii

Fun in the sun in Hawaii!

For a 13 year old, Ethan has already a long story to tell. His medical journey began minutes after his birth and he underwent his first surgery at just 11 days old.

With a number of physical problems, it wasn’t until Ethan was a month old that he was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome, a set of unusual congenital conditions affecting the eyes, heart, ears and nose.

Before the age of 8, he had a G-Tube inserted for feeding, a tracheostomy surgery, surgeries on his nasal passage, saliva glands and adenoid glands, along with many other exploratory procedures.

Following all that, Ethan had progressed enough that his tracheostomy tube was successfully removed. And 2 years later, his stoma was surgically closed. For the first time, Ethan was able to communicate verbally with his family!

Today, he is doing well and continues to improve. Along with his family, Ethan set off for a week of fun in the sun in Hawaii to see a live volcano and catch a glimpse of a humpback whale or two for his children’s Wish.

As his dad, Dan, said, “Ethan’s wish is a celebration of his life and marks what he has overcome.” What better way to celebrate then flying over the Hawaiian Islands!

Sara's dream room by Jillian Harris
Wish Child Brookly finds freedom in her pool

Brooklyn finds freedom in her new pool

At 2 years old, Brooklyn was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy, is non-verbal and tube-fed only. She also has epilepsy and global developmental delay. She had been born 5.5 weeks early and had a collapsed airway and difficulty breathing and eating. At 2 months old, the decision was made to have a tracheostomy and a G-tube put in to allow Brooklyn to breathe and feed.

Brooklyn, now 9 years old, has a Wish for a backyard pool, which was ready in early August. "Today is freedom," said mom Heather. "Just the movement in the water. She's doing what everybody else is doing in the water. Free and able to move her limbs. You know normally she's in her chair or she gets a little bit of free time on the floor."

Though the days are getting shorter and the chill is starting to creep up, Brooklyn’s new backyard pool has a heater, thanks to Levy Pools, to help her enjoy those last few days of swimming.

Wish child Harley
Wish Child Luke

Luke’s Wish

Luke finds freedom in water and is an amazing swimmer.  He was born December 2003 at just 28 weeks.  He weighed only 2.9 pounds and fought for his life during his first 27 days on a ventilator.  Luke was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis - a condition that affects his joints and muscles.  As soon as his heart and respiratory system would allow, he began his journey of physiotherapy and splinting.

Luke has taught his family many things in life through the obstacles and surgeries he has faced. In 2012, he had an ilizarov apparatus put onto his right leg to assist in healing his joints, which included 11 pins in his leg which were gradually tightened over a three month time period. Luke was a trooper and continued to maintain his positive attitude towards life.

Luke may be limited by his physical disability and related health issues, but he faces no fear or limitation when it comes to swimming. For his Wish, he wanted to go someplace warm to swim. A Disney Cruise would be a dream come true...and it did not disappoint.

The staff and never-ending entertainment, food and activities were a blast for Luke and his three brothers. Luke's number one highlight was snorkeling at Disney's private island- Castaway Car and spotting a barracuda!

Wish Child Devon and his DUET bike

Wish Child Devon gets a DUET

When Devon was just one, his mother knew there was something wrong with her baby boy. She researched his symptoms and discussed it with his doctor. After multiple tests and hospital visits, Devon was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

Devon, now 7, has had many complications since his diagnosis in 2009. It has made day-to-day living for Devon and his family very difficult.

When Devon and his family were granted a Wish, he decided on going to Disneyland with his mom, Nichole and brother, Sean. On Christmas Day 2013, Wish Volunteers delivered his Wish package.

However, as Devon's hospital visits increased, so did Nichole’s worries about traveling out of the country.  Other options were discussed and Nichole mentioned they were always on a waiting list for borrowing a DUET Bike for the summer. That’s when the idea of getting Devon his very own DUET bike came to us. 

On June 12th, Children’s Wish presented Devon with his very own DUET bike and to everyone's surprise, Devon's brother, Sean, who had been so supportive, was not left out. Canadian Tire donated a bike to Sean and now the whole family can go cycling together safely.

"It means so much to have a wish granted and to see the smiles on my family's faces," said Nichole.


Maria's Wish

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Premiere

A Maria was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 13. Maria faced a tough battle, becoming the 17th child in the world to have a very rare reaction to chemotherapy treatments that caused stroke-like symptoms in her body. Despite everything, she fought through it and recovered quickly. While going through her treatments, Maria turned to her role model, Jennifer Lawrence, for a boost of confidence. Maria cites Jennifer’s messages of empowerment and self-confidence as helping her accept who she is and what she has gone through. Maria’s wish was to meet Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast of The Hunger Games trilogy during a red carpet premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. She traveled to London, England, and was glammed up for the red carpet, where he dreams finally came true. It was a night Maria will never forget.


Brayden's Wish

His very own playground

Three-year-old Brayden’s wish was for his very own backyard playground. Since Brayden has been diagnosed with an immune deficiency, it makes it harder for him to be around other children. If another child enters a playground, Brayden has to leave in order to avoid getting sick. Brayden wanted to be able to play in his backyard freely and so The Children’s Wish Foundation granted his wish. “It’s finally a safe place for Brayden to have fun and play like a healthy child”, Brayden’s mom said. Rcs construction stepped in to build Brayden’s playground. With their generous help and support, Brayden can play freely. Doug Doucet, President of rcs construction says, “We are happy to lend a hand and believe it is important to give back to our communities.”


Abby's Wish

Recording a song with her favourite band

Abby’s passion for music is the equivalent of her oxygen – it’s what she needs to sustain her spirit. Abby plays guitar, sings, and dreams of becoming a music therapist. She has vowed to never give up on her dreams. Even though Abby has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, she doesn’t let that stop her from pursuing her passion. Abby’s inspiration comes from her favourite band Everglow. Her wish was to meet the band and have the chance to record one of her own songs with them. She received a rock star treatment complete with hair, makeup and wardrobe. A red carpet rolled out to the studio door, lined with fans and loved ones. Her spirit soared through her music and lyrics, which seemed to articulate the emotion of the greatest day of her life.


Sarah's Wish

Cake Boss

Sarah found her love for cake decorating when she was at home recuperating from treatment for AML. She started her own mini business baking cakes for friends and family members for birthdays and special occasions. When she discovered she was granted a wish, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. Sarah’s wish was to meet The Cake Boss and bake a cake with Buddy. She travelled to New York where she spent time meeting everyone at Carlo's Bakery and she was able to bake and decorate a cake with Buddy. She brought her portfolio of cakes to show him, and he was able to show her some new techniques. Sarah has realized her dream and is now more determined than ever to one day own her own bakery.


Shandy's Wish

The Price is Right

Over a year ago, Shandy was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She had surgery last summer to remove it. Sadly, Shandy is still battling cancer. When she told that she could have her most heartfelt wish granted, she knew instantly what it would be. Shandy’s favourite show is the Price Is Right. “I watch it every day. I even have the app for it!” Shandy said. Although Shandy is not old enough to be a contestant, she was able to meet the host Drew Carey and watch her favourite games (some of them being Plinko, Cliffhangers, and Rat Race). Being able to see the show live has always been a dream of Shandy’s, and she finally got to live out her dream!


Hannah's Wish

The Next Star season finale

When Hannah was receiving treatment in the hospital for Osteosarcoma Metastatic, she loved to watch the YTV channel. She is a big fan of the show The Next Star. When Hannah discovered she was granted a wish, she knew instantly that she wanted to be able to watch the finale of The Next Star live. Hannah has never been to Canada’s Wonderland and it just so happened that the season finale was taking place there! Hannah was able to meet and spend the day with the final six contestants, get a glamorous makeover, and arrive in style to watch the live performances! She got to experience being a rock star for a day and was thrilled to have her wish come true at The Next Star finale.


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!

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.

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."

Emily’s Hawaiian Wish

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