PICKERING, ON, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Graham Young, a 17-year old from Tantallon, Nova Scotia, will live his dream to watch Canada in the Men's Hockey Gold Medal Game this Sunday at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In order to make this wish a reality, Children's Wish engaged the help of long-time corporate supporter, Emera, who, in turn, approached BCLC and the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.
Graham was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis just before his third birthday in 1996. The chronic lung disease has made it more difficult for him to play Canada's sport, but he has nevertheless progressed to the high school level of play.
Six years ago, Graham's parents were told that he was eligible to receive his most heartfelt wish from Children's Wish. There was little doubt in Graham's mind what he wished for. In his words: "to watch the best hockey players in the world play with the weight of their nation on their back to try and capture gold." It is even more special to witness sports history in the making on Canadian soil.
Graham waited 6 years for his wish to be a possibility. He could have chosen another, more readily attainable Hockey wish, but none could match this one. It was also his fervent hope that Team Canada would be on the ice for that fateful game, a result that was guaranteed by their 3 - 2 victory on Friday over Slovakia.
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Since 1984, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to 15,000 children and their families.
This year, the Foundation expects to grant 1,000 new wishes. The Foundation has never refused a wish to an eligible child, and with the help of volunteers and generous donors, is able to grant nearly three wishes every day. Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family.
Emera Inc. (EMA-TSX) is an energy and services company with $5.2 billion in assets. Electricity is Emera's core business. Approximately 90% of Emera's revenues are earned by Nova Scotia Power Inc (NSPI), Bangor Hydro-Electric Company (BHE) and the Brunswick Pipeline. NSPI and BHE are wholly-owned regulated electric utilities which together serve 600,000 customers. The Brunswick Pipeline is a 145 km gas pipeline in New Brunswick. Emera also owns 19% of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited, which
serves more than 50,000 customers on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and 25% of Grand Bahama Power Company which serves 19,000 customers on the Caribbean island of Grand Bahama. In addition to its electric utility investments, Emera owns Bayside Power, a 260 MW gas-fired power plant in Saint John, New Brunswick; Emera Energy Services, a physical natural gas and power marketing and asset management business; a joint venture interest in Bear Swamp, a 600 megawatt pumped storage hydro-electric facility in northern Massachusetts; a 12.9% interest in the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline; a 8.2% interest in Open Hydro. Visit Emera on the web at www.emera.com.
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a multi-jurisdictional gaming and entertainment operator with operations in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, and Washington State. The Company operates ten casinos, a thoroughbred racetrack that offers slot machines, four standardbred racetracks (two offer slot machines and one offers both slot machines and table games), a community gaming centre, a bingo hall, a hotel and conference centre, two show theatres and various associated food and beverage and entertainment facilities. As of September 30, 2009, the Company had approximately 3,900 employees in Canada and 600 in Washington State. Further information is available on the Company's website, www.gcgaming.com.
SOURCE The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
For further information: For further information: Paul St-Germain, Director, Communications, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, (905) 839-4566, ext. 240, 1-800-700-4437, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.childrenswish.ca; Cheryl Matthews, Chapter Director - Nova Scotia, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, (902) 492-0025, Mobile: (902) 229 9474, email@example.com, www.childrenswish.ca