/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation makes wishes come!/



    EDMONTON, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation didn't
skip a beat when they were asked to fulfill some very special wishes for two
extraordinary children this Tuesday.
    Both The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada and The Children's Ability
Fund have some hockey loving kids who were overwhelmed with joy when they
found out they were going to see their favourite team in action.
    Seventeen year old Shannon Boese from Camrose is receiving her wish from
Children's Wish - the opportunity to meet Edmonton Oiler, Ales Hemsky.
Shannon, who had a brain tumor removed, is a hockey player who loves the
Edmonton Oilers and looks up to her idol Ales Hemsky. She will watch a morning
Oilers game day practice and attend the Edmonton Oiler vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
game that evening.
    Todd, who has severe Spastic Quadriparetic Cerebral Palsy, received a
stand up power wheelchair to perform everyday tasks from the Children's
Ability Fund. Now he is having his all-time dream fulfilled -- to stand up and
cheer for the Oilers.
    "The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is thrilled to help provide
these special children their wishes," says Natalie Minckler, Executive
Director of the EOCF. "The EOCF is committed to making a difference in our
community and it's certainly our hope that this experience will have a
positive impact on the lives of these two children."

    
    WHO:    Shannon and her family, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
            Todd and his family, The Children's Ability Fund

    WHEN:   Tuesday, February 24, 2009
            11:00 a.m.

    WHERE:  Edmonton Oilers' Morning Practice, Rexall Place
    

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION
    The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

    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 almost 15,000 wishes for children and their
families and fulfills approximately 900 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.

    The Children's Ability Fund

    Established in 1947, The Children's Ability Fund was initially called The
Northern Alberta Crippled Children's Fund by the Associated Canadian
Travellers (ACT) as a means to provide funds to assist people with
disabilities in the communities of northern Alberta. The name was changed to
The Children's Ability Fund in an effort to recognize abilities rather than
disabilities. A non-profit agency, the Fund enhances the independence of
people with disabilities by purchasing technologically advanced specialized
equipment that can give people with disabilities. For more information, log
onto www.childrensabilityfund.ab.ca.

    Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

    The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is dedicated to building
strong and vibrant communities by contributing its resources and financial
support to charitable organizations that serve the residents of Oil Country.
Since 2001, the EOCF has worked to change lives in Oil Country through their
support of a host of deserving organizations. The Foundation gives back in
excess of $1 million annually to registered charities throughout Central and
Northern Alberta who focus their activities on youth, education and health and
wellness.





For further information:

For further information: Stacey Johnson, Sub-chapter Coordinator, The
Children's Wish Foundation of Canada - Alberta & NWT, (780) 340-9039,   
stacey.johnson@childrenswish.ca; George James, Director, Communications, The
Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, (905) 839-4566 ext. 240, (416) 402-3783,
george.james@childrenswish.ca; Patricia Poohachoff, Communications & Special
Projects, Children's Ability Fund, (780) 719-0056


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