Trip of a lifetime to Dis­ney­land for two Drumheller youth

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Two young girls will see their Dreams Take Flight as they take off for a whirl­wind trip to Dis­ney­land.

Remy, 9, and Ad­di­son, 7 Is­ley of Drumheller have been se­lected, along with about 150 kids to spend a day in Dis­ney­land thanks to the char­ity Dreams Take Flight.

Remy and Ad­di­son are

the sis­ters of Ethan Is­ley, 5. He has had a long jour­ney deal­ing with spina bi­fida. Their Mother Nikki Is­ley says their fam­ily was nom­i­nated by three dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­u­als for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dreams Take Flight is a char­ity started by Air Canada em­ploy­ees and since 1989 they have brought chil­dren from fam­i­lies with spe­cial needs for the trips. Pres­i­dent Jan Caveney helped to set up the char­ity in Cal­gary, which has been send­ing chil­dren since 1993. There are eight chap­ters in Canada.

“This is a na­tional char­ity that takes kids to ei­ther Dis­ney­land or Disney World de­pend­ing on which side of the coun­try you are on, for one mag­i­cal day,” said Caveney. “We leave first thing in the morn­ing and we come back last thing at night.”

She ex­plains Air Canada do­nates the air­plane and the char­ity raises funds for ad­mis­sion, food, spend­ing money, clothes, and fuel for the plane.

On Novem­ber 7, 156 chil­dren will be fly­ing out from Cal­gary with just as many vol­un­teers.

“We take 170 vol­un­teers to look af­ter these chil­dren be­cause we take them without the ben­e­fit of their par­ents or care­givers. We have four doc­tors with us and then a host of sup­port staff,” said Caveney.

The char­ity of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for the sib­lings of the chil­dren with spe­cial needs for their own ad­ven­ture.

She says that of­ten the sib­lings might not get as much at­ten­tion be­cause there is so much go­ing on with the child with spe­cial needs.

Nikki says in their case her two daugh­ters are great sup­port­ers and very good care­givers for their brother, so for them, to get this op­por­tu­nity is well de­served.

“We like to let these chil­dren be chil­dren for a day,” said Caveney.

It will be a whirl­wind tour. The fam­ily will be at the air­port at 4 a.m. on the day of the flight and re­turn to Cal­gary around mid­night.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the char­ity, go to www.dream­stake­flight. ca

This is a na­tional char­ity that takes kids to ei­ther Dis­ney­land or Disney World de­pend­ing on which side of the coun­try you are on, for one mag­i­cal day.” Jan Caveney Pres­i­dent Dreams Take Flight

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

(l-r) Mother Nikki Is­ley and son Ethan, with daugh­ters Ad­di­son and Remy, who are head­ing to Dis­ney­land in Novem­ber thanks to Dreams Take Flight.

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