VANCOUVER, March 7, 2016 /CNW/ - The BC & Yukon chapter of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is asking for British Columbians to make a "blue wish" this month and donate $5.00 dollars to help children diagnosed with, life-threatening illnesses experience their dreams.
Until March 31, British Columbians can text BLUEWISH to 80100 to donate $5 to help raise funds to fulfill the most heartfelt wish of deserving children. The initiative, created in partnership with Pacific Blue Cross, is in support of Children's Wish Month (#ChildrensWishMonth), with the proceeds supporting BC and Yukon children.
"We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive from the public to help grant the wishes of our deserving children," says Jennifer Petersen, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Chapter Director. "Behind every wish and wish family is a community of giving people and organizations who support the joy of a wish, and we simply couldn't do it without them."
Pacific Blue Cross and Canadian Blue Cross organizations have been supporting The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada for 27 years. Blue Cross organizations have provided travel health insurance to 12,500 Canadian children, who ordinarily would not be able to qualify for travel health insurance because of their illnesses, so they can travel without fear of costly health setbacks. In British Columbia, Pacific Blue Cross also gives volunteer and funding support to help grant wishes to local children, with stories like Marko's.
Marko was diagnosed at 8 years old with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Before his cancer diagnosis, Marko's dream was to be a goalie in the National Hockey League. He fought long and hard through chemotherapy and surgery. He is now 16, back on the ice and cancer free. With the help of The Children's Wish Foundation, Marko and his family are about to take off for the vacation of a lifetime.
Pacific Blue Cross chief executive Jan K. Grude is Chair of The Children's Wish Foundation Chapter Advisory Board in British Columbia and National Vice-Chair. "We are honoured to be able to support the Foundation as part of Pacific Blue Cross's share-the-care community outreach. Through their dedication, the BC & Yukon chapter have granted wishes to thousands of children over the past 30 years, and each wish granted is magnified by the happiness it brings to so many people," says Grude.
By texting BLUEWISH to 80100, $5.00 will be donated to help grant a dream wish to a child with a serious illness, and appear on the next month's phone bill from wireless service providers.
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.
Children's Wish is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information and to donate.
About Pacific Blue Cross
Pacific Blue Cross is British Columbia's number one health benefits provider. Based in Burnaby, BC, the not-for-profit organization provides health, dental, life, disability and travel coverage for 1 in 3 British Columbians through group benefits and individual plans. As part of its mission to improve health and wellbeing in British Columbia, Pacific Blue Cross proactively supports charitable organizations across the province working to improve health outcomes.
SOURCE The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
For further information: Media Contacts: For more information about Children's Wish Foundation or to speak to a wish family, contact: The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada: Andy Kallstrom, Communications Specialist, E: Andy.Kallstrom@ChildrensWish.ca, T: 778-383-1413; For information about Pacific Blue Cross, contact: Edelman, Danielle Bronson, E: Danielle.Bronson@edelman.com, T: 604.648.3438, C: 604.616.4425