Wish Month 2017-09-22T19:01:36+00:00

About Wish Month

For the month of March, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is celebrating the impact of our 30 years and nearly 25,000 heartfelt wishes granted. Children’s Wish is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity. We have the largest medical referring network, including all children’s hospitals across the country.

We are proud to be sharing the 2017 Children’s Wish Impact Study, which reveals how our heartfelt wishes are transformational and of meaningful and measurable value to wish children and their families.

As always, we continue to work hard with our donors, strengthening our fundraising to ensure that we continue to grant every eligible Canadian child their single-most heartfelt wish.

Donate Today and Help Grant a Wish!

Text BLUEWISH Campaign

For 28 years, the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans have provided the insurance for every child (and their family) whose wish is to travel, waiving pre-existing conditions and making it possible for kids to travel who would not otherwise be able to. To date, they have provided travel insurance to grant more than 13,000 wishes!

During the month of March, Blue Cross will generously match text-to-donate contributions up to $25,000! Please note that this campaign is only available in BC, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

Donate by PHONE to 80100:

In BC, text BLUEWISH
In Manitoba, text BLUEWISH1
In Ontario, text BLUEWISH2
In Quebec (FR), text REVEBLEU
In Quebec (EN), text BLUEWISH3

Choose from $5, $10, or $20 donation options.

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.

Download the 2017 Children’s Wish Impact Study

Heartfelt Wishes

Your donation will help support the heartfelt wishes of Canadian children like Celia, Thomas, Kally and Brendan, who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Celia
Celia
Thomas
Thomas
Kally
Kally
Brendan
Brendan
Celia, age 4, was born with a congenital heart condition called Tricuspid Atresia, which essentially means that only half of her heart formed properly in utero. The right side of her heart, that should pump blood to her lungs to be oxygenated, wasn’t developed. Luckily Celia was also born with several holes in her heart that allowed some blood from her left side to “accidentally” get some oxygen, and then circulate to the rest of her body using the left side. Because she was only getting some of her blood oxygenated, she had low energy and her lips and fingers were pretty blue. Her condition was not detected in prenatal ultrasound, so the family had no idea anything was of concern until her second day checkup after she was born. Celia has had a handful of major surgeries and done countless hours of physiotherapy and is now able to enjoy ballet class and enjoy being a four year old little girl.

Celia’s most heartfelt Wish is to go to Orlando, Florida and visit Magic Kingdom at the end of the year. She plans to spend the week dressed up in Princess Gowns, getting a Princess makeover at the “Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boutique” & meeting all of her favourite Disney Princesses.

Thomas was diagnosed in 2012 when he was 2 years old, after his pediatrician noticed a heart murmur in his annual checkup and told the family that Thomas had an atrioventricular septal defect. He had open heart surgery in April of 2012, and as a result of the surgery, needed a permanent pacemaker. Thomas is pacemaker dependent; each heartbeat requires the help of the pacemaker. Because of this, he will need future heart surgeries through his life to repair and maintain the pacemaker.

In 2014, one of the wires of his pacemaker became compromised, resulting in open heart surgery to replace it. Then in 2016, another open heart surgery was needed because scar tissue buildup compromised the lead wire signal to the heart, and it needed to be replaced as well.

Despite the surgeries, Thomas, age 7, is very active and has a strong spirit! He swims, plays tennis, has learned to ski, loves soccer, plays the cello beautifully, loves being goofy with his sister, and has a great sense of humor.

Thomas has always loved animals, and asked for his first tiger from Santa when he was 3 years old. Since then, his collection, knowledge, and fascination with tigers have grown. When he heard about Out Of Africa Park in Arizona, it was his definitive choice for this amazing wish. Thomas can’t wait to spend a week up close and personal with the tigers and learning as much as possible on his wish trip!

When she was age 15, Kally was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma-Stage 3. She has had one surgery since then to remove a lump found in her lymph node located in her neck. When Kally was diagnosed, the doctors said she was very close to being Stage 4. Kally started her chemotherapy treatments right after her diagnosis and we are happy to say that Kally had her last treatment in late June, 2016. As of right now, she goes back to HSC monthly for blood work and various other tests to monitor cell activity. She has recently been told that she is currently in remission and test results have come back with positive results.

In 2016 Kally decided on her most heartfelt wish and wanted to go on a super unique family vacation, where the ocean is clear blue. So after lots of research Kally, now age 16, decided on Turks & Caicos. She came to the decision quite easily because she loves the ocean and heard so many great things about Turks and Caicos from friends, family and all over the internet.

The family will be leaving right after Christmas at the end of the year and Kally plans on doing as many excursions as possible; such as snorkeling with sea turtles, sailing on a catamaran, where she will do some deep sea fishing, as well as horseback riding on the beach. And if she gets up the courage and overcomes her fear of heights she may even try parasailing.

Brendan, age 14, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 2016 and requires many vitamins, supplements and chest physiotherapy 2-3x per day. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting the lungs and gastrointestinal system. The degree of Cystic Fibrosis varies from person to person. The persistence and on-going infection in the lungs can lead to loss of lung function and be life shortening.

Brendan is an outgoing, smart and extremely kind 14 year old, who loves the outdoors. When Brendan was approved for his wish, he knew that instant he wanted to travel November 2017 and go on the long plane ride to New Zealand and take on their world-class Mountain biking facility in Rotorua. New Zealand is the adrenaline junky country of the world and Brendan also wants to go zip-lining and fit in as many outdoor activities as he possibly can for the week.

Activities and Events

Help support Children’s Wish Month by participating in these fun-filled local events!

One Wish In One Day
Throughout Nova Scotia
March 1 to April 7

Give a Latte
Throughout Alberta
March 1 to March 31

Blue Cross Text-to-Donate Campaign
BC, MB, ON and QC only
March 1 to March 31

The Edge’s Text-to-Donate Campaign
Throughout Ontario
March 1 to March 10

Exile Island
Warman, Saskatchewan
March 10

Emerald Gala
St. John’s, Newfoundland
March 11

Princess Dance Party
Toronto, Ontario
March 16

Princess Dance Party
Ottawa,Ontario
March 16

Princess Tea Party
Moncton, New Brunswick
March 19

Princess Tea and Superhero Party
Saint John, New Brunswick
March 26

Poker Tournament
Calgary, Alberta
March 28

Our Donors Make It Possible

Our donors directly contribute to the powerful impact our wishes have on Canadian children who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The referrals for wishes continue to increase, and to help us keep pace, we hope that you will consider making a donation today.

You Can Help Us Grant the Next Wish by Donating Today