Dream come true in Labrador West
The smile on Evan Locke’s face told the whole story.
At a recent ceremony the 12-year-old Labrador City boy was granted his dream wish by the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Evan was born with medical issues that meant he spent his first year in hospital and has had more than 20 surgeries and procedures.
Friends and family, along with supporters and representatives of Children’s Wish gathered for the occasion. Menihek Cheer, and Miss Teen Chill were along for the occasion.
Edie Newton, the provincial director of Children’s Wish, said, “an impact study revealed that wishes have a positive impact on the wish children and their families. They help healing and provide a distraction that helps children cope with the emotional and physical stress of treatment.”
The wish was granted to Evan and his family by Ronda Farrell of Labrador West. Ronda is a volunteer and sub chapter co-ordinator for Labrador West, and Matthew Pike of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Matthew rode his bike across Canada this summer in memory of his cousin Craig, a wish angel who passed away at age 34.
“I hoped to raise $10,000 to grant one wish, but ended up raising $30,000 so that will mean three wishes will be granted,” Matthew said.
“It is heart-warming to see the positive effect these wishes bring to the children and their families,” Ronda told the many volunteers and supporters present that their time and efforts were making a big difference in people’s lives.
Evan’s wish was to take a cruise, such as a Disney cruise. Plans for the event will be finalized in the near future. His parents David and Julie said, “we look forward to getting away as a family, and away from the routine of hospitals and doctors, and just having a great time.”
Testimony of what a wish can do for a child and their family was brought to life as Chad Canning and his daughter Olesia talked about their experience of swimming with dolphins. Junior Humphries spoke of the joy of his grandson Evan as he fulfilled his wish to visit Disney and meet Mickey Mouse and Spider-Man.
Dianne Butt, the provinces wish co-ordinator, Greg Ivany of Holiday Inn Express, a supporter of Children’s Wish, and Janice Goudie of PAL airlines, another major supporter of Children’s Wish, also participated in the recent gathering.
“Children’s Wish is nearing the granting of its 25,000th wish in Canada,” Newton said. “Of those, 825 have been granted in this province since 1986, 46 of those have been in Labrador, and of those, 23 were right here in Labrador West.”
Ronda Farrell, with Evan Locke, his parents and brother and sister.
Evan Locke poses with Menihek Cheer, Miss Teen Chill, and Roary.
Some of the friends and family who gathered for the event.
Matthew Pike, who raised $30,000 for Children’s Wish, speaks about his experience.