Keri had a wonderful trip Disneyland and got to spend a lot of time with Mickey Mouse. We wish to gratefully acknowledge Hugh and Lucy Denham who paid for the flight to Disneyland for the entire family and a special thanks to IKEA Canada, who were so generous in helping with spending money for the family. Keri’s sister works for IKEA and they showed their care and concern for their employees by helping with this wish. Also, to Dawn Harris from Winnipeg, who seen our wish for Keri and made a donation. Thanks everyone for helping make Keri’s dream come true!
Birgit passed away in Ladysmith December 7th from her courageous battle with cancer.
Well we can certainly help with that. We are flying the family out to Fantasyland – Alex, his mom Patsy, his dad Derick, and his 11 month old brother Joshua. If you would like to be part of this wish – by volunteering your time to drive this family to one or more scheduled events please call the office and let us know. If you would like to donate specifically to this wish, you would be helping give this family memories to talk about long after they have gone back home.
Derick and family arrived out in Edmonton as planned and were met at the airport by Wendy and Board Member, Bill Adams. After getting them settled in the Fantasyland Hotel, they were presented with their passes for the rides and their package for the Beach Party. Suzanne and Wendy babysat while we sent mom and dad to Jubilations Dinner Theatre, and the whole family even managed to get a trip in to the Odyssium while here. The Robinsons sent us an email when they returned that said in part “We just wanted to say hi and THANK-YOU very much.We had a GREAT time out there, it was a wonderful break from life and reality. It was great to just relax and have a great time; it’s been a while since we just kicked back and relaxed and thanks to you and your organization we did, and it felt great. Alex says to say hi and thanks.You will always be in our hearts and thoughs. What wonderful people you all are, not just because of the things that you have done for our family, but because there are not many people out there with the big hearts like yours.” We received an update from Maxine, who is the Social Worker at Alex’s school. She wrote in part, On a very sad note, Derick Robinson died this past Tuesday (9th August) after his very long struggle with cancer. I told Patsy I would contact you and her words were: “Thank you is not enough for what those people did for us…I can’t say it enough. I’ve been looking at the pictures a lot the last couple of days and Derick was smiling in most of them. Please tell them I am forever grateful.”
Jean Claude is a gentle giant – who at 46 has been diagnosed with metastic prostate cancer. His request came to us in April, 2004. Jean Claude wanted to go home to New Brunswick to visit his family, and especially, his mother. His best friend Carol, wrote us a letter with the application, telling us of how special Jean Claude is, and how he makes such an impact on others. We were so pleased to be able to help Jean Claude achieve his dream. On April 20th, Jean Claude and Carol flew down to New Brunswick, returning on the 28th. Jean Claude called it ’’the dream of a lifetime’’.
We received a call from Lysa, a lovely lady living in Toronto. Her brother-in-law, Robert M., is a bright, happily married 33 year old man, with 3 children, the youngest only 9 months old. Robert has skin cancer and is rapidly deteriorating. Contact with his Dr. revealed Robert has anywhere from one month to six to live. Lysa called us because Robert`s dream has always been to attend a hockey game – particularly the Toronto Maple Leafs. With playoff season in full swing, two tickets to any playoff game is not an easy accomplishment. But we did it! Robert will be attending the Playoff game on Wednesday, April 16th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Limo For You will be picking up Robert and his wife and taking them to the Centre, where Robert will have a chance to meet one of his hockey heros, Wendel Clark. After enjoying the game, Robert and his wife will return home by limo.
Robert passed away May 12, 2003. Attending the game was one of the highlights of last days, and one that he often talked about.
Barbara wanted to come and stay at Fantasyland Hotel with her husband, Real. Real wrote in their application “she would love to live in luxury for 5 days so she could just forget about her cancer and her shortened time with us. Spending time at Fantasyland is something Barbara has never been able to do and we would love to spend our last Christmas together living her dream.”
We made that happen. A stretch limo picked up the couple and returned them home in style. Arrangements were made for a pedicure and massage when Barbara arrived. A night at Jubilations Dinner Theatre added to the fun!