Stories

Coen’s Story

Six-year old Coen was born with bi-lateral hydro nephrosis (non-fucntioning kidneys) and spent the first three years of his life hooked up to a dialysis machine 12 hours a day. When a kidney transplant in 2013 freed him from dialysis, he and his family started planning some time away together – happy and healthy after… READ MORE

Dacian’s Story

Dacian was born an Edmonton Oilers fan. The 11 year-old hockey player from Victoria has loved the team since his birth in Alberta’s capital city and last month, thanks to Help Fill a Dream, he got to see the Oilers in action – on and off the ice. Dacian, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy –… READ MORE

Viraj’s Story

Duncan residents, Sandeep and Manjit saved for a rainy day. They were careful with their spending and invested wisely with plans for their family’s future. When their son, Viraj was born with interstitial lung disease in May 2007, they could not have imagined that one of their challenges (among the many they would face) would… READ MORE

Katrina’s Story

Despite her limitations Katrina is able to relate to other people and experience things going on around her but is limited in her ability to express feelings and thoughts in return. On first meeting Katrina is somewhat shy but after she becomes comfortable with a new person in the room she settles in to working… READ MORE

The Cumby Family

Debbie Cumby suffered a heart attack in 2003, was in a coma for 2 days, survived and then had a pace maker implanted, all before the age of thirty. Six years later during a family reunion in California with her husband Bill, who had been serving in the military in Africa, her teenage daughter’s heart… READ MORE

Ella’s “Fairy Garden”

Ella, a spunky six-year old Saanich girl, was diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor a little over two years ago. The radiation and chemotherapy appear to have been successful in eradicating the tumor, but have resulted in some degradation in her hearing and a possible permanent loss of hair. She continues to visit Children”s… READ MORE

Tessa’s Travels

Five-month-old Tessa was being treated for persistent Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia, an condition that caused her to seizure, to be hospitalized, and which placed her at risk for various medical situations and possibly even death. Tessa needed a test to pinpoint the area where insulin is produced. The only hospital unit that offered this test was in… READ MORE

Joel Goes Camping

To Joel, camping is hope. And bugs and fishing too. Joel was diagnosed with an acute type of leukemia and was receiving treatments in two hospitals. While in hospital, he spoke enthusiastically about wanting to go camping with his parents and four sisters and to travel in a rented motor home to West Edmonton Mall… READ MORE

Sawyer’s Story

Sawyer wanted nothing more than to visit Disneyland see his hero Sidney Crosby play in an NHL game with the Pittsburg Penguins. Unfortunately Sawyer’s past three years have been too occupied with receiving treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia to do so. Help Fill A Dream in collaboration with the Hotel Association of Victoria where able… READ MORE

Katrina’s Story

Victorian native, 16 year old Katrina was diagnosed with Type 1 Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Help Fill A Dream received first received a gift request from Katrina’s social worker who explained that Katrina desperately needed to have an insulin pump so that she could maintain good glycemic (blood sugar) control. The Board approved the gift and… READ MORE

Chelsea’s Story

Chelsea was born at 28 weeks in Courtenay and had to be transferred to the Nanaimo Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for months to deal with medical conditions brought on by being born at such an early age. For months, Chelsea’s mom stayed by her side and her dad had to take a great deal of… READ MORE

A Home Away From Home

Help Fill A Dream first met Jeneece when she was just three years old. Jeneece had been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to grown on almost every nerve root coming out from her spine. Over the last 13 years, Jeneece has undergone countless surgeries and chemotherapy to treat her tumors. Over the… READ MORE

Justin’s Story

Victoria native, 15 year old Justin was recently diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor that was causing seizures and intracranial lesions. He was immediately admitted to BC Children’s Hospital to begin aggressive treatment. Help Fill A Dream assisted Justin’s family with monthly support to help with transportation, food, and accommodation costs while he was undergoing… READ MORE

Tristan’s Story

Our son Tristan was born with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, a condition that (amongst other things) makes it impossible for him to turn himself in his bed at night. Because of this, Tristan would call out to us for help whenever needed, usually six or eight times a night for a “flip” – a routine that… READ MORE

Shira’s Story

Shira Fisher is defying the odds. Born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a condition that makes it impossible for her to swallow, sit up, roll or even lift her arms, she has been on life support for all of her life. But that life is a miracle in itself. At six years old she is… READ MORE

Nicole’s Quest for a Cure

It’s amazing how something as insignificant as an insect bite can change a person’s life. Nicole Bottle has spent the last four of her 20 years fighting an uphill battle against a debilitating illness and a seemingly uncaring Canadian medical establishment. In 2007 Nicole became ill with symptoms that included fatigue, nausea, dizziness, headaches and… READ MORE

Andraya’s Story

Acid reflux is a condition that can cause persistent irritation and pain in adults and, if untreated can lead to cancer of the esophagus. For a three and a half pound prematurely born baby, the affects are much more severe and almost always fatal. For Andraya it meant that she could not keep any food… READ MORE

A Bat-light Dream!

Quinn, Dad and friends traveled to Comic Con during July 2011.  They drove from Nanaimo to San Diego in time to catch the 4 day event which welcomes over 100,000 people.  Comic Con brings together thought leaders from the comics, media, and digital worlds to discuss how the most powerful trends in comics are shaping… READ MORE