Media Release: EMBARGOED until Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 6pm Pacific Standard Time
TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, National Capital Chapter, is pleased to announce a Royal Wish. 14-year-old Victoria Foster will be granted her most heartfelt wish to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. On Thursday September 22nd, Victoria and her family traveled from Ottawa, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia. On the evening of Saturday, September 24th, at 5:30pm PST, she will present the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, travelling with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, with flowers at the Official Welcome Ceremony to Canada and British Columbia. The welcome ceremony will take place at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Victoria.
Victoria is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects her lungs and digestive system. Every day before school she wakes up at 6:20am to start treatments, which last for almost an hour. She also goes through treatments for another hour in the evening while she is doing homework. She relies on medicine to help her digest food, and an inhaler to help her breathe when she is short of breath.
When Victoria was given the opportunity to have her most heartfelt wish granted through The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, National Capital Chapter, she knew right away that she wanted to meet the Royal Family in person. Victoria loves the Royal Family and has pictures of them on her wall. She visited Buckingham Palace this year and has seen the crown jewels at the Tower of London, and on another visit to England she went to Windsor Castle. Victoria has also memorized all the names of the Kings and Queens of England, in order, since William the Conqueror. To say the least, it will be a dream-come-true for Victoria, to meet the Royal Family!
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.
Last year we granted nearly 1200 wishes, our largest wish granting year in our 32 year history. With the help of our generous donors and volunteers, we will continue to meet the increasing need of Canadian children to realize their single-most heartfelt wish. Children's Wish grants approximately three wishes each and every day, all year long. Each wish is carefully structured to meet the particular needs of the child and their family.
We continue to receive strong wish referral support through our medical community relationships to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada to help us continue to grant the next most heartfelt wish. Children's Wish is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information and to donate.
SOURCE The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
Image with caption: "Wish child Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom. (CNW Group/The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160923_C4991_PHOTO_EN_780644.jpg
For further information: and to schedule interviews, please contact: Leanne Brown, Regional Director, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, National Capital Chapter, C: 613-795-5551, [email protected]