Mu­seum Serves Sugar on Snow for Wish Chil­dren

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

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.

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