Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario

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February 14th, 2015, our son had blood work done and at 11:30 pm we got a call from our family doctor informing us that we need to take our son into emergency. They had never seen anyone with blood counts as low as his still standing. He was then taken to London, Ontario with the fear of “cancer”. After the next couple of days, tests were done, we met with a social worker who assured us not to worry and explained the support system available for a child with cancer, things will be okay.

Within the week he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia - his bone marrow stopped making new blood cells. The social worker returned and said even though the treatment is similar to cancer, there are no benefits. It is too rare a condition. But the one things that does remain is that your son is eligible for Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish grants a child with ANY life threatening disease their wish. This is one reason why I think Make-A-Wish is a good candidate for you to choose, it is not just one disease but includes many.

It is hard watching a child go through the things that he had to go through, but Make-A-Wish did make a huge difference. Volunteers with Make-A-Wish came and visited with us; encouraging us to dream of things he wished he could do, which would keep his mind off the pain. A second reason Make-A-Wish is a good candidate, it gives children hope, and a positive outlook in bad situations.

After his treatment, the hematologist cleared him to travel and he chose a cruise that our family enjoyed together. Our family was split apart for seven months and this was a great experience to reunite our family. Make-A-Wish has granted so many wishes, like Zach's wish. We are so grateful for the generous donations to Make-a-Wish that make it possible for children's dreams to come true.

Mark

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