Homeward Bound Newsletter December 2023

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An Afternoon of Wishes!

My daughter Sydney and I had the pleasure of attending Make-A-Wish's event: An Afternoon of Wishes!

The event was held at Ritchie Bros in Nisku and featured eight Wish Kids and their families. The event was held in an interview style and allowed each child and their parents to share with the guests how Make-A-Wish changed their lives and why they feel that providing children with the opportunity to receive a wish has a more significant impact than most could even begin to fathom.

The children's wishes included a shopping spree at West Edmonton Mall, going to amusement parks and Universal Studios, getting an entertainment studio in their basement, flying to New York City and meeting the Yankees! The kids shared their excitement with the crowd as they reflected on meeting the Transformers and holding Babe Ruth’s bat!

Dwight Streu and his daughter Sydney Streu standing in front of a Make-A-Wish Poster at an event

Sydney & I at the "Afternoon of Wishes" event.

Many parents emphasized how the wish did not only positively impact the Wish Child’s outlook on life but that it also had a strong impact on their other children-providing them with fun and much-needed hope amidst such difficult times.

One family shared that their son had undergone not one but two kidney transplants, which, unfortunately, both failed. They have four other children, and they reflected on how they kept promising that they would all get to go to Hawaii together after their brother’s surgery; however, the transplants kept failing, so they were unable to go as their son needs to receive dialysis three times a week, with each treatment taking up to four hours.

Quickly losing hope, a nurse told them about Make-A-Wish, and shortly after, their whole family was on a plane to see a live volcano in Hawaii. Their young son still had to receive dialysis treatments in Hawaii; however, the parents shared how Make-A-Wish arranged everything and coordinated with the hospital and staff in Hawaii to make sure that their little one could still receive treatment at no cost and still have his dream come true of seeing a live volcano. The parents were brought to tears as they thanked Make-A-Wish for planning everything from the flights to hotels to medical treatments to transportation.

We are so thankful to have attended this event and to have been able to hear first-hand what a difference Make-A-Wish is making in the lives of so many people. It was very eye-opening as we heard what difficult situations a lot of families have had to endure.

A huge THANK YOU to Make-A-Wish for putting on this event and for providing aplatform for these children to share their stories! We also want to thank all of you for choosing to work with our team as you allow us to continue to support Make-A-Wish as well as The Edmonton Food Bank and The Edmonton Mustard Seed.

We wouldn’t be able to continue supporting the organizations that we care about so deeply without your business and referrals. We are excited to continue working towards our goal of donating $100,000 to Make-A-Wish!

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Blue Box with White Writing Saying "Why Wishes Matter"

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. They are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey.

Statistics on Kids with Life Threatening Illnesses and Photos of Make-A-Wish Children smiling and having joy

Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. As an independently operating affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, Make-A-Wish Canada is part of the network of the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization.

Wishes are a powerful psychological intervention that bring to life the most heartfelt wish of a child facing a critical illness!

Red Box with White Writing saying Your Referrals Help the Kids

Each wish granted by Make-A-Wish costs, on average, $10,000. With a child being diagnosed with a critical illness every 20 minutes, their need for donations is continuous. Every time you choose to work with The Dwight Streu Team or refer us, you are helping the kids as we donate a portion of our sales to this organization.

Together we have contributed over $42,000 and are looking to reach our new goal of raising $100,000 but we cannot do it without your continued support and business. Thank you for choosing to make a difference in the lives of critically ill children and their families. You really are providing hope to families going through life-threatening battles.

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We regularly update our social media page so you can read how your referrals help the kids and so you can stay up-to-date with what is happening in our community. We post about our client events, such as our movie days, or how we are able to help different organizations because of your dedication to our team!

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Dwight Streu, Sydney Streu, Haley Streu and Team volunteering with Make-A-Wish, donating a cheque, and posing together at a client appreciation movie event

We believe that the size of the hole we give through is directly proportional to the size of the hole we receive through and we thank you for following along with us on our journey to give back to the Edmonton community!

Scan the QR code above to watch a video from the "Afternoon of Wishes" event!

Jayden is lying in a hospital run with a big smile on his face thanks to Make-A-Wish making his dreams come true.

During the “Afternoon of Wishes” event we attended, we met a young man whose brother was the 25,000th wish recipient and was known as King Jay!

King Jay, also known as Jayden, was an eighteen year who was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the muscle tissue back in 2014. Jayden’s wish was to design his own pair of sneakers, a wish made even more unique with his idea of “melting” his favourite sneakers into one ultimate pair. After days of being in a hospital bed, Jayden rose to walk the corridors in his new sneakers: the new “fire on his feet”.

Custom Nike's with multiple colours

Though he sadly lost his battle with cancer, his legacy will endure and help other kids fight with the fuel they need – hope.

King Jay’s younger brother, still volunteers with Make-A-Wish which is a reflection of how these wishes not only impact the Wish child but also the entire family. It became evident that Make-A-Wish truly is a family and that the members of the community look out for another and continue to support each other. King Jay’s family has created a website, www.kingjay.org which outlines his battle with cancer but also features products such as t-shirts, hoodies and onesies that are sold to help grant more wishes.

Make-A-Wish helped a critically ill child create his own custom sneakers!

Photos are taken from www.Kingjay.org and Make-A-Wish's website!

To learn more about our involvement with Make-A-Wish, click here!

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