Wish recipient, Saskia, navigated through a series of obstacles to help raise money in support of Make-A-Wish® Canada
Saskia’s medical journey has provided her with the strength and resilience needed to face any obstacle in life. On Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, Saskia took on the 5K Foam Fest obstacle course in Wasaga Beach, Ont. to help raise money for Make-A-Wish Canada.
When Saskia was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to become overactive and attack healthy tissue and organs. Her medical condition caused severe swelling in her joints and persistent fatigue, resulting in her inability to participate in social activities like playing sports with other children.
“I had a hard time coming to terms with my medical condition and finding hope for the future,” says Saskia. “I needed something positive in my life.”
Saskia loves going on outdoor adventures, and her wish to explore the exotic Galápagos Islands gave her the opportunity to sightsee and spend quality time with her family. But, most importantly, it restored her faith that good things can happen – even to her. Now, at age 24, Saskia is in remission and says her wish trip acted as a catalyst for her recovery.
As a Make-A-Wish® ambassador, Saskia participates in events like the 5K Foam Fest to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.
“Foam Fest is about having fun and challenging yourself to navigate obstacles, which I think links really well to the Make-A-Wish mission,” she says.
Watch her CTV interview on the day of the run!
Having encountered several obstacles in her life, she wants others to know that they don’t have to face theirs alone. Saskia understands first-hand the impact of a wish and hopes her story will inspire people to donate to Make-A-Wish to help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses across Canada.
Make-A-Wish Canada is the official charity partner of the 5K Foam Fest tour and will receive all money raised through participant fundraising and revenue generated by the 365 Sports Gear Check at all Canadian 5K Foam Fest events. The goal is to raise $50,000 for Make-A-Wish.
“We are thrilled to be involved with the 5K Foam Fest,” says Chris Pon, vice-president, national corporate alliances, Make-A-Wish Canada. “We thank 365 Sports, Saskia and the generous participants for helping us move closer to our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child.”
“We look forward to having Saskia join us in Wasaga Beach as our Make-A-Wish ambassador and tackle the five-kilometre course,” says Michael Lambert, director, marketing & partnerships, 365 Sports. “Obstacles are meant to be overcome, and Saskia’s story shows us how amazing organizations such as Make-A-Wish help instill hope in the future. We encourage families, friends and groups to get their fundraising teams together and run the 5K Foam Fest to help us achieve our fundraising goal and grant more transformational wishes.”
To learn more about the 5K Foam Fest and register for an event near you, click here.
To create a fundraising page and donate, click here.