14 years ago today, on February 9, 2005, I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. After 3 weeks at BC Children's Hospital, I remained stable enough to wait until the following July to have a bone marrow transplant in which my sister was a perfect match. My recovery was going well until I relapsed 1 year later. My treatment continued with chemotherapy, radiation, and a donor lymphocyte infusion. I completed treatment in October 2006 and am happy to say that I have been in remission ever since.
As a survivor of childhood cancer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted my wish to send my family and I on a trip to London, England and Paris, France. This trip was an experience of a lifetime. I cannot thank the Make-A-Wish Foundation enough for their generosity and support for critically ill children and their families.
This year I am gathering my courage and participating in Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope, rappelling down from great heights, to help grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions. A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical condition. For many of them, it marks a turning point in their fight against their illnesses.
You can help make a difference too! Your support will allow the Foundation to continue to create powerful wish experiences, improving a child’s state of mind, replacing fear with happiness and helping them to feel like a normal kid again. To learn more about Make-A-Wish® please visit www.makeawish.ca.
Every donation counts. Your commitment will help move Make-A-Wish closer to their vision of granting the wish of every eligible child in communities across Canada.
Please donate and support me in Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope!