From a very young age, Susan Lott Bernava has been deeply committed to charitable work in her community. It was in 2003 that she first heard of Make-A-Wish and began her journey as a volunteer wish granter in the Niagara region.
“I’m very much a people person,” Susan says. “Volunteering with Make-A-Wish is the perfect fit for me because I love working directly with families. Many of these children have been through traumatic events and it feels great to be able to help them find the happiness they deserve.”
With more than 65,000 participants across 15 events nationwide, Make-A-Wish Canada and 365 Sports are happy to announce that the Canadian 5K Foam Fest exceeded its fundraising goal for 2018. Through gear check, participant fundraising and donations, the 5K Foam Fest raised more than $90,000 for children living with critical illnesses across Canada.
Ledcor completed its 70th Anniversary celebrations by announcing a $500,000 corporate donation to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation through its various local chapters in Canada and the US. Ledcor had been marking its 70th Anniversary with a series of activi
Thanks to 575 participants across the country and generous supporters, Make-A-Wish® Canada is pleased to announce that its national signature fundraising event, Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope, raised $1.3 million in 2018.
September 19, 2018, MONTREAL – The largest annual fundraiser hosted by Make-A-Wish® Quebec took place this past weekend in Mirabel, attracting more than 1,600 cyclists to the ICAR circuit and part of the Montréal-Mirabel airport’s main tarmac. Thanks to the dedication of participants and the generosity of supporters, $2,015,000 was raised to help grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in the province, $400,000 more than last year.
Humanoid robot will act as support tool to help children cope better with medical procedures
September 5, 2018, SASKATOON – Mason was born on Oct. 10, 2010 (10/10/10), which happened to be his favourite number. He was a happy kid and loved to smile. Like many boys his age, Mason enjoyed spending time outside, playing with his dog, camping, swimming, fishing and going for car rides.
In 2016, Mason was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and his entire world quickly changed.
Cycling event will raise money to help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses
September 11, 2018, MONTREAL – From Sept. 14 to 16, more than 1,500 cyclists will take over the ICAR track, and part of the Montreal-Mirabel main tarmac, for the 12th annual 48-HOUR RIDE in support of Make-A-Wish® Quebec.
Wendy has been a nurse practitioner in pediatric neurosurgery for 15 years and has spent 19 years working at Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. She has referred hundreds of children to Make-A-Wish, but Wendy’s connection to the wish-granting organization is especially personal. Her daughter, Olivia, has hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is a buildup of fluid in her brain. She was born 16 weeks premature and had bleeding in her brain. Olivia has now had 30 operations on her brain, 19 operations on her spine, and has spent 416 days of her life in hospital.
Pierre Thériault is the founder and executive producer of Make-A-Wish Québec’s largest annual fundraiser, the 48-HOUR RIDE. Teams must raise at least $3,600 in order to participate in the 48-hour event, where participants take turns cycling around a track. Each year, more than 250 teams, 1,500 cyclists and 450 volunteers experience the excitement of this event. Since its inception in 2007, $11 million has been raised through the 48-HOUR RIDE. Pierre recently shared with us how this event came to be and what contributes to its success each year.