Another wish from a critically ill child in Nova Scotia will come true thanks to CIBC's $10,000 donation to Children's Wish Foundation, NS Chapter



    
    CIBC's generous support of Children's Wish Foundation in Nova Scotia now
    totals $100,000 since 2000
    

    DARTMOUTH, NS, June 19 /CNW/ - The Children's Wish Foundation
(http://www.childrenswish.ca/index_2007.php/en/chapter/page/loc/NS/sec/about)
, Nova Scotia Chapter, is pleased to announce that it received another $10,000
donation today from CIBC that will turn a wish into reality for a critically
ill child somewhere in the Province. Two of CIBC's previous $10,000 donations
have recently made wishes come true for two local youths, Kyle Brown of
Granville Ferry and Laura Gaudet of Amherst.
    "We are grateful for CIBC's ongoing support. This donation is a great way
to celebrate the magic of a wish and also provides more children in Nova
Scotia with the chance to realize one of their most heartfelt dreams," says
Cheryl Matthews, Nova Scotia Chapter Director, The Children's Wish Foundation
of Canada.
    When he grows up, Kyle, 16, wants to be a paramedic, one of those
courageous first responders who saves the lives of others. For now though,
Kyle is busy trying to save his own life, and his dreams in the process, one
of which includes playing basketball for his high school team. Basketball is
Kyle's passion, his inspiration and his strength to carry on. He is determined
to do his best for those who count on him, even when he is at risk or in pain.
He has been promised that if he does his needles on time and if all goes well,
maybe he can play for his team this season.
    For those times when he can't, he wished for a home entertainment center,
TV and games, which he now owns.
    CIBC also helped make Laura Gaudet's wish a reality. Laura, 7, who like
many little girls, loves Hannah Montana, Beauty and the Beast, ice cream cake
and playing with her big brother and little sister. But look a little closer
and you will see the courage of a lion behind her eyes.
    Laura was born with a tumor on her heart. Anti-rejection drugs after a
heart transplant weakened her immune system, making even the simplest of
childhood illnesses life threatening, complicated and often painful. She has
been admitted to the hospital every year of her life, and her mom says she
"would really like to keep Laura in a bubble" where her frail immune system
would be safe. But her parents realize that wouldn't be fair, and Laura
agrees. Laura loves animals, and her dream, in spite of the risk, is to become
a veterinarian when she grows up. Her mom says Laura needs to care for others
if they are sick or something is wrong. Laura's plan is to live her life for
what matters to her, and bravely accept the risks.
    Laura's wish came true when she got to touch the animals at Disney's
Animal Kingdom and interact with the mammals at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.
    "We like to make a difference in the communities where we live and work,"
said Greg Hughes, CIBC GM Operations and board of directors of Children's Wish
Nova Scotia. "There's nothing like making a difference in a child's life,
especially when you're helping to make their Wish come true."
    In 2008, CIBC contributed more than $6.1 million to support youth through
corporate donations and sponsorships and the CIBC Children's Foundation. This
includes hundreds of initiatives that support youth through mentoring, skills
development, financial literacy training, nutrition and health, anti-bullying,
youth shelters and programs for young people with disabilities.

    About CIBC

    CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our
employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities
through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of
employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee
commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run
for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing
in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In
2008, CIBC group of companies contributed more than $36 million worldwide to
charitable and non-profit initiatives. Of this, more than $27 million was
invested in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations. To
learn more, visit www.cibc.com/pas

    About Children's Wish

    Established in 1984, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is a
national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favorite wish for
children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Since its inception,
Children's Wish has granted 15,000 wishes for children and their families and
fulfills approximately 950 wishes annually -- each being an individual
adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that particular child.
For information on The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, log onto
www.childrenswish.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Cheryl Matthews, Chapter Director, (902)
492-0025, Cheryl.matthews@childrenswish.ca


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