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I WISH TO…



       In the summer of 2016, Make-A-Wish  Northern Alberta
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       celebrated 900 wishes coming true in the region. To mark the
       milestone, they granted a special wish for a young girl who
       wished to do something that a lot of people take for granted.    Jeri-Ann, 12
       Here’s her story.                                                 Life-Threatening
                                                                    Respiratory Condition
       Jeri-Ann is a typical 12-year-old, with many hobbies -- she         I wish to y
       enjoys soccer, hip hop dance and is also in a sewing club.
       Unfortunately, her life-threatening respiratory condition   NORTHERN ALBERTA
       prevents her from participating in certain activities that could
       bring her joy – like ying in an airplane to travel to far off   pilot in her new uniform, and learned about the science of
       places. So when the time came to reveal her one true wish,   ight and what it takes to get a plane off the ground.
       Jeri-Ann had a simple request. “I wish to y,” she said.
                                                                Next, Captain Deere took Jeri-Ann to the ight simulator for
       Normally, this request would seem nearly impossible to
       fulll for someone with Jeri-Ann’s condition, but thanks to the   the trip of her dreams. Jeri-Ann not only had the chance to feel
       creative wish-granting team at Make-A-Wish and friends at   what it was like to y, but she was also able to y the plane,
       WestJet, Jeri-Ann’s wish came true! Jeri-Ann and her family   and guide it over New York City… with help from Captain
       were invited to the Edmonton International Airport where   Deere, of course! Captain Deere was so impressed with
       WestJet pilot, Captain Deere and the team, revealed that her   Jeri-Ann’s skills that he awarded her with honourary pilot’s
       wish would come true. He explained that she’d get to y over   wings after their ight.
       her dream destination of New York City in a state-of-the-art   Jeri-Ann and her family said that some of the most
       ight simulator. Jeri-Ann was also presented with her own   memorable moments of the wish were arriving at the WestJet
       special First Ofcer’s uniform, and travel bag to make sure   headquarters in a limo and all of the special attention Jeri-Ann
       she was able to feel like a real pilot.                  received. Although Jeri-Ann was nervous, it was a time she
                                                                will never forget.
       A few days later, Jeri-Ann and her family travelled to Calgary,
       where her wish was granted. Captain Deere and the WestJet   Make-A-Wish and Jeri-Ann’s family are so grateful to WestJet
       crew welcomed Jeri-Ann to WestJet, where she visited the   for going above and beyond in making this an incredible
       airline’s hangar. She toured around, looking like a real   experience for Jeri-Ann.

                                                               Not only is DeRozan Arvin’s favourite basketball player, but
                                                               the two share a similar connection. Just like Arvin, DeRozan’s
                                                               mother also has lupus. As such, the famous athlete is a strong
                                                               advocate for raising awareness about the disease. This
                                                               personal connection also allowed DeRozan to relate to
                                                               what Arvin has been through with his health.

                                                               Arvin said he experienced one surprise after another on
                                                               the day his wish was granted. He spent several hours of
                                                               one-on-one time with DeRozan, including shooting hoops
                                        Arvin, 17              with him on the Raptors’s basketball court. DeRozan also
                                        Lupus                  took Arvin shopping in Real Sports and asked him to choose
                                        I wish to meet Toronto   some Raptors swag to take home. Arvin was thrilled to be
                                        Raptors basketball     invited to meet the whole team in their locker room before
                                        player, DeMar DeRozan  their game. He even got to stand beside his favourite athlete
       TORONTO &                                               during the national anthem! Arvin and his family capped
                                                               off the day by watching the Raptors’s record 50  win of
                                                                                                        th
       CENTRAL ONTARIO                                         the season.

                                                               Arvin shared that his wish experience was more than he
                                                               could have hoped for, “This was the best day of my life.”
       When we rst met Arvin, it was clear that he had put a
       lot of thought into his wish, and that he wanted a unique   Thank you to DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors
       experience – one that couldn’t be bought. Arvin’s wish was to   for welcoming Arvin to the court for an unforgettable wish
       meet DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors basketball team.  experience!
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