When our generous donors and supporters, like the amazing team at Unilever, we can continue to give a child hope, comfort and precious moments with their family.
We’d like to introduce you to Ty. Ty was born with a heart condition, neuromuscular syndrome and scoliosis. Despite numerous hospital trips and surgeries, including a 12 hour surgery in 2022, Ty remains resilient.
Through it all, his passion for cooking and exploring new dishes continues to bring him joy and strength. Inspired by his dad Bernie and chef Gordon Ramsey, Ty’s most heartfelt wish was to produce and publish his own cookbook. The focus and conversation around Ty’s cookbook quickly became a bright spot in Ty and his family’s lives. “We lived through quite a bit during Covid-19 with Ty’s health,” said Ty’s father, Bernie Chauvin. “It was a good pick me up to focus on things other than just his health. It sort of changed our mindset. It was a feel-good story.”
In 2023, Ty’s wish for his own published cookbook came true. ‘My Wish on a Plate! Just Ty It!’ combines his favourite recipes with those from family and friends. Creating his cookbook served as motivation to face the daily challenges of living with a critical illness. Ty reflects on his wish journey. “It really took my mind off everything. The stress of surgery for scoliosis. So that really took my mind off it and made me forget about it and made me happier.”
It was a life-changing experience for Ty when he held his cookbook for the first time. Through the sale of his cookbook, the teen hopes to share the joy of cooking and give back to charities near and dear to him, including Make-A-Wish.
Your support will continue to have an immediate and direct impact on our ability to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. It will help kids like Ty find joy and strength to face daily challenges of living with a critical illness.
Thank you for your support of Make-A-Wish Canada!