Bridge­wa­ter boy gets Jedi train­ing wish

South Shore Breaker - - Front Page - KATHY JOHN­SON kathy.john­son@bel­laliant.net

The force will be with 10-year-old Ethan Trethewey of Bridge­wa­ter when he goes for a week of Jedi train­ing at the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort in Flor­ida with his fam­ily this month.

Ethan’s wish was cel­e­brated on Fri­day, Sept. 28, at the Pizza De­light in Bridge­wa­ter with fam­ily, friends, Chil­dren’s Wish rep­re­sen­ta­tives, vol­un­teers and spon­sors.

For the Grade 5 stu­dent at Bridge­wa­ter Ju­nior High School, The trip is Ethan’s most heart­felt wish and was granted by the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion,

Nova Sco­tia Chap­ter. Ethan, who was di­ag­nosed with cys­tic fi­bro­sis when he was six, “loves Star Wars,” said mom Kari Trethe­way. “He has since he was lit­tle.” Since find­ing out he would be go­ing to the Jedi Train­ing Academy, he has been “elated. He’s been on the count­down for prob­a­bly six months.”

Kari said when Ethan was di­ag­nosed, “the way we mo­ti­vated him to do all the hard work he has to do is we promised him a trip when he was 10, so this is kind of the fruition for what he’s been do­ing for the last few years.” Ethan has to do in­ten­sive physio treat­ments twice a day and a regime of 40 plus pills he takes a day just to eat, drink and grow, and helps him not to ex­pe­ri­ence belly pain and is­sues with his lungs.

The Trethe­way fam­ily, in­clud­ing dad Matthew, and sis­ter

Maria, leave for Flor­ida on Sun­day, Oct. 14. “We’re so thank­ful to Chil­dren’s Wish and this op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate Ethan and the hard work that he does. Just to take some time off from the chaos of cys­tic fi­bro­sis. Re­ally, that’s it for him. He not only has to work on the med­i­cal, he has to try to keep phys­i­cally ac­tive and that can be a chore on top of school and ev­ery­thing else. He gets to just be a kid for a week. It’s not some­thing we would not be able to do with­out Chil­dren’s Wish,” said Kari.

The Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion of Canada is the largest and only all-cana­dian wish-grant­ing char­ity ded­i­cated to grant­ing wishes to Cana­dian chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and 17 who are di­ag­nosed with a lifethreat­en­ing ill­ness. For more than 30 years, Chil­dren’s Wish has worked tire­lessly to grant heart­felt wishes to more than 25,000 chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. In Nova Sco­tia, Chil­dren’s Wish has granted al­most 1,200 wishes so far and have 90 wishes be­ing worked on at this mo­ment to be en­joyed.

Chil­dren’s Wish has chap­ter of­fices and pro­fes­sional staff in ev­ery prov­ince, and each wish fam­ily is as­signed a ded­i­cated wish co-or­di­na­tor who is able to per­son­ally and care­fully struc­ture each heart­felt wish ex­pe­ri­ence to meet the par­tic­u­lar needs of the child and their fam­ily. Travel wishes in­clude all sib­lings 21 years and un­der liv­ing in the same house­hold, and fam­i­lies travel worry-free thanks to ex­clu­sive Blue Cross in­sur­ance. Each wish granted is care­fully struc­tured to meet the par­tic­u­lar needs of the child and their fam­ily.

Visit www.chil­drenswish.ca for more in­for­ma­tion and to do­nate.

Con­trib­uted

Staff from Wil­son’s Go Store, Pizza De­light and mem­bers of the RCMP and Bridge­wa­ter Fire Depart­ment were on hand to help Ethan Trethewey (with lightsaber) and his fam­ily to cel­e­brate his wish be­ing granted through the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion, Nova Sco­tia Chap­ter, to re­ceive Jedi train­ing. The pre­sen­ta­tion took place Sept. 28 at Pizza De­light in Bridge­wa­ter.

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