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.
July wish story
Below is our July wish story that features 9-year-old Leeland Hill from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This amazing, inspirational, sad, wish story took over Atlantic Canada last week.
Leeland is one of a few children that have been granted a 2nd wish. Children’s Wish guidelines allow for children to be granted an additional wish if they become diagnosed with a different life-threatening illness. This was a rush wish that was handled very quickly between our Nova Scotia and Newfoundland chapters. It came across their desks on Friday July 5th, and began the following Monday.
Leeland’s wish was a much different wish than most – he wanted to meet his Great Granny who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Along with this wish, he also had a large bucket-list of other ideas, one significant one on that list was granted Monday July 8th in the parking lot of the Nova Scotia Children’s Wish building.
Leeland’s Initial Wish
Diagnosed in 2013, at age 3, with medulloblastoma, an aggressive cancerous brain tumor
Leeland’s Second Wish
In 2019, Leeland was diagnosed with focal pontine/mid-brain high grade glioma, a terminal brain condition. This time, his wish was to meet his Great Grandma in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Leeland had a large bucket list of other items, one which included a “Puppy Party”. To kick his wish off, the “Puppy Party” happened in the parking lot of the Nova Scotia Children’s Wish Chapter on Monday July 8th. On Tuesday July 9th, Leeland and his family boarded a Marine Atlantic ferry to take them from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port Aux Basques. After arriving in Port Aux Basques, the family received a personal chauffer from the RCMP to drive the 10 hours to St. John’s, where his Great Grandma lives.
Betty Thorne, 90, and her great-grandson, Leeland Hill, 9, embrace as they meet for the first time in Kelligrews. It was Leeland's wish to meet his "Great Granny," and his wish was granted by the Children's Wish Foundation on Saturday afternoon. -Juanita Mercer/The Telegram
Full Trip interview - http://ntv.ca/leeland-takes-a-visit-to-newfoundland/