Imagine the difference a mom can make

    Canada's national wish granter salutes those moms who make a difference

    PICKERING, ON, May 7 /CNW/ - Every day mothers across Canada are making a
difference in the lives of their children. Every day somewhere in Canada,
wishes are coming true for nearly three Canadian children, each diagnosed with
a life-threatening illness, due in great part to the incredible efforts of the
mothers of wish children.
    In celebration of their efforts and with Mother's Day on May 10, The
Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is saluting these heroic women - from
communities large and small - who make such an incredible difference in the
lives of their children and families, especially during the most difficult of
    "Behind every wish child is a Wish Mom who often is the silent hero,"
says Chris Kotsopoulos, Executive Director, The Children's Wish Foundation of
Canada. "By working together with these mothers - the ones who know their
children the best - Children's Wish is able to help provide these wonderful
kids with the opportunity to realize one of their most heartfelt wishes - and
often being something they want to share with their families."
    This year, the Foundation expects to grant 1,000 wishes as it celebrates
its 25th anniversary in 2009 and one of these will be the Foundation's
15,000th wish since its inception.

    Share a Wish Mom's story

    To speak with a Wish Mom in your region, please contact George James at
(905) 839-4566, ext. 240 or

    Commemorative lockets now available

    In celebration of Children's Wish's 25th anniversary, Charm Diamond
Centres is selling a limited edition sterling silver locket that commemorates
one of the first wishes granted by the non-profit organization. The Children's
Wish 25th anniversary locket is only available at Charm Diamond Centres
locations in Canada or though Charm's website at:
or by calling 1-877-790-9474 (WISH).

    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 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,
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For further information:

For further information: For information and interview opportunities:
George James, Communications Director, The Children's Wish Foundation of
Canada, o: (905) 839-4566, ext. 240, c: (416) 402-3783,

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