Make-A-Wish(R) to Grant Twenty-Five Wishes in Seven Days

    Week of Wishes held in celebration of 25th Anniversary

    TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - Make-A-Wish(R) Canada makes wishes come true for
children with life threatening illnesses. Typically, Make-A-Wish grants one
wish a day across the country, but this month, to mark the twenty-fifth year
of granting wishes in Canada, Make-A-Wish will grant twenty-five wishes in one
    Caroline will get to live her dream of swimming with dolphins, Chantelle
will experience a whirlwind tour of Paris, Emily will be given the bedroom of
her dreams in a remarkable room make-over; Jessie will have the time of his
life at an all-out shopping spree; Connor will get to meet his heroes, the
Vancouver Canucks, and have a video of his Canuck-themed bedroom makeover
shown pre-game on the jumbotron; Cheryl will be the centre of attention at a
party in which she will receive a new computer; Ty will get his wish for a
train-themed playground in his own backyard, and many others will be
chauffeured to the airport by limousine before embarking on a magical,
fun-filled week in Walt Disney World(R). And that's just a few of the many
adventures that will be created to help enrich the lives of these children,
through the joy and happiness of seeing their own special wish come true on a
day that is all about them, and not their illness.
    The kinds of wishes that Make-A-Wish has granted to children with
life-threatening illnesses haven't changed very much over the past twenty-five
years. Whether the wish is to be a princess or a policeman for a day, own the
latest computer equipment, meet a favourite celebrity or just enjoy some
special time away from home and hospitals, with their family, a wish come true
brings so much to a child's life and provides memories last a lifetime.
    According to Dave Stinton, President of Make-A-Wish Canada, "Twenty-five
years of providing hope and happiness to children facing life-threatening
illness, one magical wish at a time, is something we are very proud of and
feel is deserving of celebration. What began as the desire to fulfill the wish
of a young girl in British Columbia in 1983 has grown into an organization
that has granted almost 3000 wishes to children across Canada."
    The Week of Wishes will occur nation-wide from October 20 to 26.

    Make-A-Wish Canada, through its eight regional chapters, grants wishes to
 create hope and happiness for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish(R) International, the
largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come
true for more than 200,000 children worldwide.

For further information:

For further information: and for details on the wishes occurring
locally, contact Margaret Valois, Make-A-Wish Canada, 1-888-822-9474 x 230,

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