Children's Wish grants its 15,000th wish during 25th anniversary



    PICKERING, ON, May 28 /CNW/ - The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
has reached a milestone. Having never refused a wish since its inception 25
years ago, the national non-profit wish granting organization granted its
15,000th wish today to a child in Ottawa.
    Diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, 11-year-old Justin from Ottawa is getting
ready to receive his wish - a beautiful rescue dog named Muffie. With his dog
arriving next week from Calgary, Justin is going with his family today to get
all of the necessary pet supplies. Muffie will also be a great motivator for
Justin to exercise because he will have the chance to strengthen the muscles
affected by his cancer treatments.
    "Throughout the challenges of his treatment, Justin was able to keep
himself pre-occupied with thoughts and dreams of adopting his own dog," says
Justin's mom Patricia. "Thanks to the Children's Wish, Justin will have a new
best friend and his wish is coming true."
    In recognition of this milestone, statements are being read in many
provincial legislatures, as well as in the House of Commons, where Justin will
be in attendance. Later today, Justin will be meeting Prime Minister Stephen
Harper.
    "At Children's Wish we've had the privilege of granting 15,000 children
their most heartfelt wish," says Chris Kotsopoulos, National Executive
Director, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. "While this is certainly
an achievement, we are only able to accomplish this milestone because of the
amazing support we continue to receive from individual and corporate donors,
as well as thousands of volunteers."
    The national foundation, with chapters in every province, has granted
wishes to children from Canadian communities large and small, sometimes within
a matter of days. Across Canada today, Children's Wish will be granting wishes
to two or more Canadian children, as it does every day. When granting a wish,
the Foundation has always ensured that the wish involves the entire family, as
the parents and siblings usually go through so much during the illness of a
young family member. For more wish stories, go to www.childrenswish.ca.
    In honour of its anniversary, Children's Wish has distributed a special
Public Service Announcement which commemorates one of the first wishes granted
by the non-profit organization. The Locket is the moving story of a young girl
whose wish was to give her mother a locket so that her mom would have
something to remember her by. Today, 15,000 wishes later, each wish continues
to be as unique as the child who makes it. A wish can range from a personal
computer or a home theatre system, to travel or a meeting with a celebrity.

    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.


    
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For further information:

For further information: George James, Director, Communications, The
Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, o: (905) 839-4566, ext. 240, c: (416)
402-3783, george.james@childrenswish.ca


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