Museum Serves Sugar on Snow for Wish Children
OnMarch 26th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, the Colby Curtis Museum will be hosting a Children’s Wish Foundation fundraiser at the museum. The admission is absolutely free, so everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy the fun. The festivities will include Sugar on Snow, live music and dancing in the barn, horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting. There will also be hot cocoa and food available. All food items will be $1.00. The dancing and fun are free!
This event is affiliated with Musicfest Children’s Wish Foundation based in Ayer’s Cliff who hold their annual Musicfest on the first weekend of June. Kathy Curtis explains that every year they try to sponsor a local child in the Townships. Last year’s ‘Wish Child’ was a local child from Stanstead. This year they have two local children for whom they are trying to grant wishes; a three year old little boy named Jackson and a three year old little girl named Mia. All the Foundation’s children are dealing with serious illness. Their mission is to grant these children their wish and help provide the families fun and a chance to share happy family memories during their stressful ordeal.
Because two local children have been chosen to have their wishes fulfilled this year, the Foundation is seeking to raise more funds than usual. The event organizers, the children, and their families are all encouraging a great show of support for the events; Musicfest in June and the Sugar on Snow event later this month.
The Foundation recently awarded a family cruise to Macy Doucet, a local ‘Wish Child’. Macy, who is now 15, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at twelve years old. She underwent surgery to remove her thyroid and still battles serious health issues as a result of the sur- gery. Laurie Ann Hartley, her mother, use to attend the Children’s Wish Foundation fundraisers, explaining she never truly understood what these families felt when their children faced serious illness. But after becoming one of the parents whose child became a Wish Child, she explains ‘it just opens you up to not wanting to say no to people anymore’. Laurie Ann made mention of a Children’s Wish Foundation collection booth at The Carrefour de L’Estrie in Sherbrooke, and she notes that many people walk right by and ignore it. She claims that giving .25 cents won’t make a difference in our lives but it will make a difference in the life of a sick child. As Laurie Ann points out, she never dreamed it would one day be her own child, and she knows from experience that anyone of us could find ourselves hoping for the generosity of strangers to help grant our own child’s wish.
This Sugar on Snow event has been organized to provide fun for all ages in the hopes many will come out in support of the cause and enjoy a fun day with family and friends. Perhaps we should also take note of the CWF booth at the Carrefour and search for a quarter or two next time we pass, remembering to be thankful it is not our own child for whom they are trying to grant a wish.