Talize Proudly Supports Children's Wish Foundation
Children’s Wish Foundation is a uniquely Canadian charity that helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. With every wish that they grant, Children’s Wish Foundation creates moments of joy that ease the pain of a child, give respite to the child’s family, and connect healthcare professionals and communities in that burning wish of hope.
Established in 1984, as they approached their 30-year milestone, Children’s Wish Foundation granted the 25,000th wish to a child living with a life-threatening illness. Every wish is as unique as the child making it, from finally getting to cuddle with grandparents who live far away to hitting a puck with a favourite hockey player. In the often painful life of a seriously ill child, these wishes have made a tremendous difference.
Talize is a proud supporter of Children’s Wish Foundation. Through this partnership, Talize has contributed over $2 million since its inception in 2005.
August wish story
Below is our August wish story featuring 17-year-old Sean from Renauds Mills, New Brunswick. Sean was diagnosed at the age of 13 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As a big music fan, especially country music, his wish was for a custom Crooks guitar. One of Sean’s favourite country musicians, Brad Paisley, only plays Crooks guitars, and this was his reason for wanting a Crooks guitar. On August 10, 2019, Sean’s custom guitar was presented to him. However, it was not just presented to him by anyone - Children’s Wish arranged a meeting between Sean and country mega-star Luke Bryan, as his tour was passing through Moncton, New Brunswick. Luke personally brought the guitar with him and presented it to Sean before he went on stage. Luke hung out with Sean for a little while, signed the guitar and took some pictures with him and his family. Sean and his family were then able to enjoy the concert to cap the day off!
Sean’s dad provided a short note to the local Children’s Wish office after the experience:
“Hey everyone - we cannot express our gratitude enough towards you and your team and to whom ever was involved in making this happen!! For Sean, not only to get his wish, but for him to receive it from Luke who was so humble and kind and to be able to share this moment with both his brothers was priceless!!!! You are all such special people to do what you do and we will be forever grateful! Thanks from the Bastarache family!!!!”