OAPC Legacy for Make-A-Wish

The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

The OAPC has committed to a 10-year plan to raise a $250,000 legacy fund which will generate annual interest and provide a WISH FOR EVER of behalf of our great association.  We are very proud of the fact that this fund is the first legacy fund in Ontario.  The Legacy Fund started in 2013 and as of 2016, we have raised $129,000.00.  You can help make the hopes and dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions a reality by attending the Chief Charity Golf Tournament.

Our own Sylvie Bois has been personally touched by the work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Here is Kalvin’s Story:

What a difference a year can makes in someone’s life …

Through my work, I have assisted during the annual Prescott & Russell Paramedic golf tournament and have come to witness several miracles granted to sick children by Make-A-Wish.  All proceeds of our golf tournament go directly to Make-A-Wish.  Last year, I remember listening to a dad’s testimony regarding his sick son who had battled leukemia and thinking that sickness not only takes hold of the child but affects the whole family and friends.  I recall thanking God for my two healthy children and asking him to keep a watchful eye over my family.  Seeing and feeling the dad’s emotions during his testimony, I was so proud to be part of such a wonderful group of people who cared and gave so much.  This experience reaffirmed something that I knew intellectually, but somehow along the way had forgotten to really appreciate. Whether one is going through an illness or some other personal challenges, doing something to help another human being puts your problems into perspective and reminds you that there is always hope.

Two months after last year’s golf tournament, my youngest brother Paul called me to inform that my nephew and godson Kalvin, 16 years old, had leukemia.  Words alone cannot describe the ripples that this frightening word makes on one’s brain.  Hearing stories and having compassion for a stranger is one thing but being confronted with that same issue personally is another story completely!  Being the eldest and Paul’s only sister, I comforted my little brother as best as I could while trying to reassure him, knowing what a rough road laid ahead of them.

They say that there is always a silver lining somewhere…although this hiccup in Kalvin’s life was a big hurdle, I have come to appreciate the fact that it brought my brother and I closer than ever whether we were talking on the telephone, my brother emailing me progress reports or visiting Kalvin when he was up to it.

I was ecstatic to learn that Kalvin had been selected as a candidate for Make-A-Wish.  Having read so many wonderful testimonies, I was aware that a wish experience can be a game-changer for a sick child and I was so happy because I knew this wonderful experience would bring so much joy to my godson who had gone through bone marrow, numerous blood transfusions and long hospital stays.

A few days ago, all present witnessed the almighty powers of Make-A-Wish as Kalvin’s wish was revealed.  Kalvin will spend a week at Château Montebello’s Kenauk Nature Resort with his family and 2 friends next month.  He received a huge sports bag filled with fishing equipment, a Go Pro camera, several gift certificates, Make-A-Wish memorabilia along with a huge picture of his favorite hockey team – Montreal Canadiens.

So…what does it look like when a wish comes true?  It looks like kindness.  When you see it, it hits you hard, right in the chest and it makes your eyes water.  It looks like a teenage boy beaming with fierce joy, eyes shining, happy and alive.

Seeing Kalvin’s face through the whole process was priceless.  I cannot even begin to explain how thankful I am to everyone with Make-A-Wish who was involved with making his wish come true. I know that this fishing trip will be an incredible experience that will stay with him forever!  Kalvin went through a lot during the last year and I am happy to report that he started his maintenance stage yesterday which will oversee his progress for the next 3 years.

Thank you from the bottom of my overflowing heart!