Make-A-Wish Canada - 2017 Annual Report

2 Make-A-Wish Canada 2017 Annual Report There are few experiences more powerful than making a wish come true… When we speak with families after a child’s wish is granted, the conversations have a lot in common. Not only did the wish bring the family closer together, it renewed their child’s strength, gave them hope for the future and in many cases, completely transformed the child and their medical outcome. Learn more about the impact of a wish: Make-A-Wish Canada is proud to have granted 615 wishes in 2017, a 10 per cent increase from the year before. Wishes like that of 15-year-old Soham, who travelled to her hometown of Durban, South Africa to feed hungry children, and six-year-old Parker’s wish to have a pop-up RV so he could enjoy camping with his family. It truly does take a village to grant these transformative, life-affirming wishes to children with critical illnesses. Individual donors, corporations, foundations, community groups and our thousands of volunteers make this possible through their generosity and dedication. Thanks to our supporters, we raised close to $18 million in 2017, bringing us closer to our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child in Canada. As we embark on our 35 th anniversary year in 2018, we look forward to working with communities across the country to empower the children we serve. Research shows that children who have had their wish granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. As the world’s leading wish-granting organization, we believe strongly in what we do and champion the power of our mission and the positive impact it continues to make around the globe. With appreciation, Jennifer Klotz-Ritter Barb Hambly President & CEO Executive Chair of the Board Wishes play an integral role in a child’s treatment protocol, helping them stay strong in the fight against their illness. I wish to feed hungry children Soham, 15 brain tumour