Dream come true in Labrador West

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIKE POWER

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.”

PHO­TOS BY MIKE POWER

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.

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