25 years ago...
After losing his teenage son to muscular dystrophy, a grieving father resolved to honour his son's memory. He hoped to brighten the lives of other children and families by fulfilling their most cherished dreams. He gathered friends from his hometown of London, Ontario to help him, and the Sunshine Foundation of Canada was born.
In October of 1987 a small group of dedicated volunteers coordinated Canada’s first DreamLift to Walt Disney World. Soon after, Sunshine began to fulfill individual dreams as well: from meeting a sports hero to seeing a foreign country, or having a special gift like an adaptive bicycle.
25 years later, Sunshine is still the only national Canadian charity to provide dreams to children with severe physical disabilities (like spina bifida or cerebral palsy) in addition to children with life-threatening illnesses. 80% of Sunshine Kids are living with a severe physical disability – and in many cases multiple disabilities. They deserve the chance to live their dreams - dreams that can bring them hope, strength and inspiration to face the lifetime of challenges and medical concerns that may lay ahead of them.
A year of milestones.
In 2012, we will be providing “A Dream A Day” – dreams and DreamLifts for 365 boys and girls. Our 50th Sunshine DreamLift will take flight. And before the year is out, Sunshine will have touched the lives of more than 7000 children.
Throughout the year, we will be sharing some of the “bright spots” that have marked our history. To our families, volunteers, and supporters – thank you for being part of this wonderful history, and for helping make Sunshine Dreams come true for so many children.
|Eric Meets Hulk Hogan||Justine goes to Walt Disney World||Datu gets a new bike|
Enjoy memories like this every month with Sunshine's Commemorative 2012-13 Calendar, on sale here.