WestJet and Make-A-Wish® Canada release video highlighting former wish recipient families
CALGARY, Alberta. February 9, 2016. What happens when a child with a life-threatening illness is granted her wish? What happens when a child is given hope, strength and joy? Today, Make-A-Wish® Canada and WestJet demonstrate the life-changing effects of a wish with the launch of the video, Impact of a Wish.
“A wish is a vital gift for a critically-ill child,” said Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, Make-A-Wish Canada President and CEO. “We have seen firsthand that the granting of a wish, in concert with medical care, has the ability to give a child with a life-threatening medical condition renewed hope for a healthier tomorrow, strength to fight their illness and profound joy in knowing that anything is possible. Our own wish is that by viewing the video, the public will understand that a wish is not just a nice-to-have, it’s a need-to-have.”
In October 2015, WestJet hosted an event that showcased a gallery of video vignettes of former Make-A-Wish® recipients and their families. Guests of WestJet and Make-A-Wish were invited to watch and listen to each child’s story, as told from the parents’ perspective. Each story illustrates the impact of the wish and how, because of the wish, the child and their family were able to stop thinking of the illness and start thinking about being kids, and even, the child’s future. To the surprise of the guests, the featured wish alumni were then introduced in person – healthier, older and wiser – to give a very special gift to an exceptional young recipient.
“This video is proof that granting a wish is just the beginning,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “It was a powerful moment seeing these wish alumni have a chance to give back, and make a positive impact on someone else’s life. At WestJet, we are also driven to give back and make a positive impact in the lives of young people. Through our WestJet Cares for Kids partnership with Make-A-Wish, we are able to work together to provide hope, strength and joy for wish kids, families and communities alike.”
To read more about the impact of a wish, please visit the WestJet blog.
WestJet Cares for Kids helps Make-A-Wish Canada grant travel wishes by providing the gift of flight. Additionally, WestJet helps create the ultimate wish experience for Make-A-Wish children and their families travelling with WestJet.
In 2015, WestJet Cares for Kids donated more than 7,050 one-way flights to its charitable partners, which include Make-A-Wish Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, The David Foster Foundation, Free the Children, Hope Air, Missing Children Society of Canada, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.
To view each individual’s story, please click on the names below.
Hannah (16 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to meet Lauren Conrad (2008)
Current age: 23
Kalista (3 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to meet Shamu (2001)
Current age: 17
Miranda (15 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to meet the cast of Heartland (2010)
Current age: 20
Natasia (7 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to go to Hawaii (2006)
Current age: 16
Amy (10 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to go to Walt Disney World® Resort (2010)
Current age: 15
Erik (4 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to go to Walt Disney World® Resort (2011)
Current age: 8
Rebecca (12 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to go to Walt Disney World® Resort (2005)
Current age: 22
Saskia (13 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to go to Galápagos Islands (2007)
Current age: 21
Sarah (12 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to go to Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas (2006)
Current age: 21
Brenda (14 years old at time of wish)
Wish: to go to Paris before she lost her sight (2012)
Current age: 17
About Make-A-Wish Canada
Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office, eight regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from coast to coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish is the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 350,000 children since 1980. For more information, please visit www.makeawish.ca.
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