Thanks to generous donors, Make-A-Wish Canada granted nearly 1,000 life-changing wishes last year
Charlotte likes to surround herself with all things pink. She’s smiling when she’s eating waffles for breakfast or popcorn and gummies as a snack. She enjoys singing along to her favourite movies or gleefully dancing.
Charlotte’s chronic lung disease required several hospital stays and a dozen surgeries. Her older brothers, twins Kayden and Kaleb, were constantly worried for their little sister and wanted to know when she’d be coming home.
“Charlotte’s medical journey has been quite something for our family, and for herself,” said Charlotte’s mom, Alicia. Part of Charlotte’s treatment regimen includes 40-minute breathing exercises once a day and taking medication to keep her airways open and strong. “Having a sick kid, you sometimes lose sight in life and become so consumed,” she added. “You have so many tears of worry and stress.”
Charlotte’s special wish was to visit her favourite theme park in Florida five years ago, when she was three-years-old. The family stayed at Give Kids the World Village, a non-profit resort. Alicia said the whole family packed their bags and left behind their routine of doctor’s visits and stress. The week-long trip was their first family holiday away from home.