Our Wish Stories

A Life-Changing Trip

He looks like a healthy teenage boy but in fact, 15-year-old Matisse has a severe heart condition, which keeps him from playing sports or simply being active like other boys his age. Being different and set apart from other kids his age has sometimes been hard to bear. “Being a sick child”, he says, “also means being afraid of seeing my world suddenly falling apart, of seeing people’s perception c ...

Australia Makes Xavier’s Heart Beat

Beauceville, Québec - In November 2015, Xavier suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest. Luckily, he was transported to the hospital quickly and the medical team resuscitated him. After he was diagnosed with arrhythmia, the cardiology team implanted a pace maker to control his heart rhythm. At risk of recurrence, Xavier will have to live his whole life with his defibrillator. After this painful experie ...

Rocket Ships & Unicorns: Hope’s Wishful Thinking

Within seconds of her birth, Hope struggled to breathe. She was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit where she was intubated (tube down her throat) to help her tiny body get the oxygen it so desperately needed. A few hours later, she was transferred to another hospital in Winnipeg and barely 24 hours after her birth, she was flown by air ambulance to the Stollery Children’s Hospit ...

Graham’s Gazebo

In 2009, Graham was born with a rare genetic disorder called Charge syndrome, which “indicates a non-random pattern of congenital anomalies that occur together more frequently than one would expect.” In the fall of 2012, Graham was approved for his most heartfelt wish. As a 3-year-old with many medical difficulties, Graham’s parents were not prepared to move forward with his wish at the time. Howe ...

Princess Erin’s Wish is Granted

“Mummy, are you sad for me because I’m sick?” 4-year-old Erin asked in July of 2014. Finding out that her daughter was diagnosed with cancer left Elaine sobbing in the hospital. Erin has Wilms’ Tumor, a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. “When they took Erin from my knee for the biopsy, she held her arms out and said, ‘Mommy! No, please!’ and my husband’s eyes and mine filled with ...

A Unique Wish for a Boy Who Loves Bugs

10-year-old Ulric was diagnosed in the fall of 2015 with a terminal brain tumour. It was a huge shock for his mom, Annie, who could only hope for a miracle to save her son. She arranged a very meaningful meeting for Ulric with world-renowned entomologist George Brassard, who founded the Montreal Insectarium, so that her son would truly live his passion for insects to the fullest. In April 2016, Ul ...

A Future Marine Biologist Goes Shark Tagging

While many people are terrified of sharks, 14-year-old Zach loves them! He volunteers at his local aquarium in Vancouver and dreams of one day focusing his passion into a career. His mom, Isabel said, “When he was really young, he wanted to be a ‘scientist of everything’, but about six years ago he decided quite adamantly that he’d specialize in marine biology.” Zach is an incredibly sharp and soc ...

Kwayza’s Equestrian Wish

Shortly before March break last year, 15-year-old Kwayza began experiencing severe joint pain, had difficulty walking and chronic nausea. Following a bone marrow test, doctors confirmed that Kwayza had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood. Prior to his diagnosis, Kwayza was passionate about horses. When he was only 8 years old, Kwayza began riding horses and immediately took to the ...

Princess Myla Meets Princess Belle

Myla was diagnosed with an aggressive form of rhabdomyosarcoma in 2015 and began chemo treatments only three days later. After being diagnosed, she had to leave behind her friends at school in Penticton and spend a year being moved between hospitals in Seattle, the Lower Mainland and Okanagan, to battle her cancer. She stayed strong throughout this process, even when she had to spend Easter in the ...

Lucas’ First Family Vacation

Lucas is an honest and outgoing 6-year-old boy. Before he was even born, doctors diagnosed him with brain and heart tumours as well as Tuberous Sclerosis, which affects every organ in his body. He struggles with basic organ functions like breathing and eating. Lucas’ most heartfelt Wish is a true family vacation to Disney World. Due to the circumstances and limitations with his illness, Lucas’ fam ...

Children’s Wish Impact Study

Wishes have a positive and lasting impact on wish children and their families, beyond the experience of the actual wish. Wishes help to aid the overall healing process, provide a distraction that helps children cope with the emotional and physical stress of treatment, improve family cohesion, and inspire wish children in long-lasting ways.

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Our Beloved Mascot Roary

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. Click here to read Roary’s Poem.

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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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