Media Advisory - The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada asks Canadians to help turn Olivia's dance move into a movement!

TORONTO, June 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is excited to partner with Bell Media and the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards to grant a little girl's wish to become famous.

Nine-year-old Olivia is a little girl with big dreams. Currently in remission from stage 3 Wilms' tumor, a cancer of the kidneys, Olivia is ready to have her most heartfelt wish granted - to become famous! As an avid dancer, what better way to make that happen, than to have her very own, unique dance move go viral? That's the idea behind #DoTheLivi – a global social media campaign with two simple steps. It was created for and inspired by Olivia with the help of renowned Canadian choreographer, Blake McGrath from So You Think You Can Dance Canada – Olivia, alongside McGrath, will debut the dance move Sunday on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio MMVAs.

What:

#DoTheLivi

Where: 

iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Red Carpet, 260 Richmond Street West

When: 

Sunday, June 20th 2016, 6:30pm

Who:

Wish child Olivia, her mom Jennifer, Choreographer Blake McGrath; Children's Wish Ontario Region Director, Tiffany MacDonald; Mosaic representatives

Olivia was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor at the age of two and had her kidney removed. Despite intensive chemotherapy treatments and medical setbacks, Olivia was able to overcome this disease. She has always been fascinated with dancing and Olivia is hoping her dance move, the 'Livi' will go viral.

Children's Wish is asking people to 'do the Livi', share it on social media, and donate, to help us to continue granting wishes for Canadian children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like Olivia.

Olivia's mom, Jennifer is excited to witness her daughter's wish come true. "Dance has been a great builder of confidence for Olivia. It has allowed her to feel comfortable in her skin, scars and all."

To watch Olivia's story and learn how to #DoTheLivi, click here:
www.childrenswish.ca/dothelivi

About The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada:

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest all Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  For more than 30 years, Children's Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to nearly 25,000 children and their families.

This year, Children's Wish is enjoying the largest wish granting year yet, and expects to grant nearly 1,500 new wishes across the country with the help of volunteers and generous donors; that is approximately three wishes each and every day, all year long.  Each wish is the child's most heartfelt wish, and carefully structured to meet the particular needs of the child and their family.

Already this year, we are experiencing unprecedented increases of wish referrals through our strong medical community relationships for our wishes granted to children with life-threatening illnesses. Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada to help us continue to grant the next most heartfelt wish. Children's Wish is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. For more information, visit our website at www.childrenswish.ca.

Nomenclature:
1st Reference is: The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
2nd and subsequent references: Children's Wish

ALERTThe Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is separate and unrelated to Make-A-Wish International.

Be sure to follow us on social media:
Twitter: @Childrens_Wish
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChildrensWish
Instagram: @childrenswishfoundation

SOURCE The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

Image with caption: "Olivia (top) pictured during her cancer treatment and Blake McGrath (bottom left) with Olivia creating the #DoTheLivi move. (CNW Group/The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160617_C7655_PHOTO_EN_716367.jpg

For further information: For more information and to schedule interviews, please contact: Sandra Gregory, Communications Specialist, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Ontario office, C: 905.767.6356, sandra.gregory@childrenswish.ca; Sandy Watt, National Director, Marketing, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, C: 416.919.5840, sandy.watt@childrenswish.ca

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