Paying it Forward
Our Christmas party is fast approaching, and I hope we will see many of you there to share the many, many diving stories that we have experienced over this year! We always find ourselves counting our blessings at this time of year, and in addition to door prizes at the party, we would like to introduce a raffle, with the proceeds going to benefit the children at the Southlake Regional Health Centre.
In particular, there is one lady there that makes a big difference to the children while they attend Southlake for treatment. Her love and generosity touches the lives of many. I will let Candice (daughter of Nick & Cathy Wasielewitsch) tell you about this special lady.
Marjorie's Toy Chest Fill
Let's work together and raise some money to fill Marjorie's toy chest and help put a smile on the faces of children fighting cancer! Not just for Christmas but all year round!
Our Daughter Tayah was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer at the age of 4 in October 2012. She was a beautiful, inspirational and fun loving little princess who touched the hearts of so many people. Tayah endured 14 months of intense treatment including chemo, radiation, major surgery, a bone marrow transplant and antibody therapy. Cancer is an extremely tough battle especially for a little child to face. Along Tayah's medical journey she met a wonderful, kind and selfless lady named Marjorie at the Southlake Pediatric Oncology Unit. (An amazing 86 year old women who lost 2 of her own children to cancer and volunteers everyday to make these children smile).
So while going in to Southlake Pediatric Oncology Unit for blood work, needles, blood transfusions, finger pokes and all the nasty stuff that comes with fighting cancer, Marjorie gives these kids something to look forward to at each visit by giving them lots of hugs, special chats with her soft spoken voice and sweet english accent and of course a special toy from her chest that she supplies with her own money. It puts a smile on their little faces and let's face it, if it wasnt for Marjorie we wouldnt have been able to convince our little Tayah to get in the car to go to the many hospital visits during her treatment journey.
Marjorie has a wonderful way of making each child with cancer feel special and loved. Although our Tayah lost her battle with cancer on Dec 17th of 2013, we know Marjorie played a special role in her life and held a special place in her heart. We know Tayah would want any child facing cancer who has to go to Southlake to experience the famous Marjorie and her toy chest at each and every visit!
Please help fill Marjorie's toy chest and continue making those smiles happen!
You can read more about Marjorie here:
So, I invite you all to come and perhaps buy a raffle ticket to support Marjorie in her year-round angel efforts, or maybe bring some toys or trinkets for her special toy chest, or maybe even donate a raffle prize. Whatever feels right for you.
Love and Happiness to all of you and your families! Please play safely!