Wednesday is Children’s Wish Day in Saskatchewan. With the goal of raising $40,000, the Children's Wish Foundation has partnered up with Golden West Radio to help grant the wishes of local children with life-altering illnesses.
Amy Craig is the mother of Spencer Craig, who was only 6 years old when he was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia - a disease that affects bone marrow. Spencer was approved and granted a wish by the Children's Wish Foundation the same year he was diagnosed. Amy talked about the experience.
"He was only six years old, he kind of wished for everything all at once and he was really excited. Having something so amazing to talk about and think about and be such a positive distraction was really great. He eventually decided on a Star Wars Disney cruise. Him and my husband are both huge Star Wars fans, so it was kind of the perfect wish for our family."
Spencer is now in grade 5 and loves to participate in sports.
Another example of the great work Children's Wish Foundation does brings us to the story of the Belers. Rachelle Beler's son Simon was granted a wish after being born with a heart condition and being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She talked to us about how Simon's wish came true with the help of a local resident after her son wished for his own playground in their backyard.
"There was a gentleman in town named Wayne Patsak who volunteered his time. He and a group of his friends, coworkers and children to our house and spent two full days in the heat putting the structure together and making it perfect for our kids. We have some rubber underneath it so if Simon falls, he won't get hurt."
And finally, Kristyn Wells is a mother whose son Cohen was born with spina bifida. He is 12 years old and has already undergone 16 surgeries.
Wells explained what Cohen asked for his wish.
"He liked the idea of a trip but he actually loves camping. A trip is a once-in-a-lifetime thing - with a camper you can use that every year. He has informed us that it is his camper. Because we pay for the plates we get to make 20% of the rules; he gets to make 80% of the rules."
All Wednesday, October 17, Golden West centres across Saskatchewan will be accepting donations that will go directly toward granting children's wishes within the province. If you would like to donate, you can visit DiscoverEstevan.com and follow the links, or you can go to ChildrensWish.ca, or phone their toll free number at 1-800-267-WISH.