Sunshine Foundation

No Worries for Young Sunshine Dreamer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Friday, July 29, 2016

Windsor, ON – When 16 year old Mackenzie watches Harry Potter movies she has no worries and feels utter happiness. To Mackenzie, Harry Potter’s world, is not just a series of books and movies it’s a place where being unique is normal and celebrated. Each day Mackenzie faces enormous barriers living with cerebral palsy.  She uses a power wheelchair for her mobility and struggles with limited use of her right hand. Medical regimes and sickness are a constant for Mackenzie but her spirit is bright and her dreams big.

Mackenzie’s dream is to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida with her parents Jason and Laurie and her sibling Lucas. Thanks to The Sunshine Foundation of Canada and their kind supporters like WINNERS and HomeSense, Mackenzie’s dream is coming true.

“When I watch the Harry Potter movies I realize that; as Albus Dumbledore said, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,” shares Mackenzie. “The reason I want to bring my best friend Olivia with me is because she’s the one that brought the magic and happiness of Harry Potter into my life!  Olivia and I have known each other since we were four years old.  We have not only grown as individuals, our relationship has grown so much throughout these years!  She is the one who lifts me up when I’m down, who make me laugh so hard when I cry, who is my rock.  Olivia is the one person I know I can always lean on and talk to.  She has supported me throughout this year and throughout all the hardships that I’ve been through!  I guess you could say that she is the one who helps me remember to turn on my light!”

Mackenzie’s family has chosen to celebrate her Dream Presentation publicly at their local HomeSense store. She will be presented with her customized Sunshine Dream of a family trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida on Monday, August 1st at 2:30pm at the HomeSense store on 4325 Walker Road, Windsor, ON.

WINNERS and HomeSense stores have been a national partner to The Sunshine Foundation of Canada since 1999. Since beginning their relationship WINNERS and HomeSense stores have helped raise $8.6 million dollars to fulfill the most cherished dreams of Canadian children living with severe physical disabilities or life threatening illnesses from coast to coast.

“Since 1999, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our customers, we have had the privilege to help make dreams come true for children across Canada,” said Erin O’Brien, spokesperson for WINNERS & HomeSense.  “We are honoured to partner once again this year with The Sunshine Foundation to continue to help raise awareness and funds to support such a wonderful cause.”

Sunshine has fulfilled dreams for more than 8,000 kids across Canada since 1987. Each Sunshine Dreamer is officially presented with their unique personal Sunshine Dream at either a private or public Dream Presentation, a celebration for the Sunshine child, his or her family, friends and community.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND: Download the Press Release for media details.