The Slaight Family Foundation has announced they will be donating $1,000,000 over a four-year period to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada as part of their Children and Youth Initiative. This donation is the largest pledge in Children’s Wish history and will provide tremendous support for the newly launched More Wishes, More Wonders Campaign across Canada. This exciting announcement was made at 11:00a.m., today at Daniels Spectrum in the Regent Park neighbourhood.
The Slaight Family Foundation is working in partnership with 11 national organizations to provide new or expanded services to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of children in Canada. Children’s Wish is honoured to be included in this charitable initiative and is grateful for the support of The Slaight Family Foundation to expand our wish granting capabilities.
“We hope these gifts provide them with the resources to help children lead healthy, successful and positive lives. We would also encourage others to support these national initiatives for the betterment of Canadian children and youth,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Family Foundation.
As the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity, with over thirty years of granting 23,000 of the most heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, Children’s Wish is now expanding its reach to include children with serious neurological and genetic diagnoses. These at-risk children have complex care and mobility challenges and are dependent on their families for their day-to-day activities. Thanks in part to the generous support of The Slaight Family Foundation, granting wishes to this new group of deserving children is now becoming a reality.
Advances in medicine and technology are now making it possible for children with these diagnoses to survive into young adulthood. But while science may have extended their lives, these children and their families face incredible challenges as they struggle with the need for constant care and hospitalization, as well as severe special needs and developmental delays. Through field work and strong medical community partnerships, Children’s Wish has responded to this real and urgent request.
“It’s an opportunity for the entire family to be together, to spend a day where the entire focus is on their enjoyment, on making memories and doing things that are really exciting and wonderful without having the focus be on the child and the medical complexity,” says Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Associate Pediatrician-in-Chief at Sick Kids Hospital and Children’s Wish Medical Advisor.
“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise.
Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
“You know, life not all guessing games, frog. Sometimes we have to care about friends — especially friends who love cookies. Friends who love cookies so much they play silly guessing games.” — Cookie Monster, getting it right.
Best part? When he says, “Me all ears.”
Bill Murray’s past decade brings fresh challenges for his co-actors, directors, and heck, even Bill Myurray. Whether it’s showing up at people’s parties unexpected, or taking someone’s french fries at McDonald’s, make no mistake, Bill is waiting for the rest of us to catch up, as he’s got this life thing all figured out.
“I live a little bit on the seat of my pants, I try to be alert and available … for life to happen to me. We’re in this life, and if you’re not available, the sort of ordinary time goes past and you didn’t live it. But if you’re available, life gets huge. You’re really living it.” Via
“There’s a wonderful sense of well-being that begins to circulate . . . up and down your spine. And you feel something that makes you almost want to smile. So what’s it like to be me? Ask yourself, ‘What’s it like to be me?’ The only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself that’s where home is. Via
“If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind, ‘OK, let’s pick a date. Let’s plan this and make a party and get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if, when you come back to JFK … you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” Via
“There’s only a couple times when fame is ever helpful. Sometimes you can get into a restaurant where the kitchen is just closing. Sometimes you can avoid a traffic violation. But the only time it really matters is in the emergency room with your kids. That’s when you want to be noticed, because it’s very easy to get forgotten in an ER. It’s the only time when I would ever say, ‘Thank God. Thank God.’ There’s no other time.” Via
“It’s hard to be an artist. It’s hard to be anything. It’s hard to be.” Via
As a critic, activist, and award-winning author of speculative fiction, Margaret Atwood has always been looking ahead. In her glances toward the future, she’s often searching for how technology influences content. The digital transition has already run through an entire era of online evolution, fossilizing a first round of experiments that failed to catch on. But serial stories, online collaborations, and sites like Wattpad, which connects tens of millions of new authors, are leading the way in a new wave of innovation. We’ve always told stories—it’s part of our humanity—but how those stories are created and shared is changing all the time, and Atwood’s looking to share her excitement about it at this year’s Future Of StoryTelling.
Margaret Atwood – A State of Wonder: How Technology Shapes Story from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.
The world’s favorite British actor recently shot a Super Bowl ad for Budweiser that takes aim at drunk driving. And it’s one of the best ever to start a movement that stands apart from the typical drunk driving PSA by calling on drivers to #GiveADamn and protect their lives and the lives of others.
In the time it took Mirren’s PSA to garner over 180,000 views, almost 30 people have died from drunk driving — one death every 53 minutes — according to the stats.
“Hello. I’m Helen Mirren, a notoriously frank and uncensored British lady. The collective we are dumbfounded that people still drive drunk. So I’ll sum it up like this. If you drive drunk, you, simply put, are a short-sighted, utterly useless, oxygen-wasting human form of pollution. A Darwin award-deserving, selfish coward. If your brain was donated to science, science would return it. So stop it. Now the chances are you’re a fun, solid, respectable human being. Don’t be pillock. Your friends and family thank you. The friends and family of other drivers thank you. Your future self thanks you. This is suppose to be fun. Cheers.”
How hard can it be to run a half-marathon without any training? Andrew Younghusband, host of the Discovery Channel’s popular show “How Hard Can It Be?”, finds out at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2015.
After taping every episode of Family Feud, host Steve Harvey likes to spend a few moments talking to the audience. It’s usually that moment when the cameras are shut off, but in this case, it wasn’t. He talks about his methods of success, and that all we have to do is take that leap and jump.