“In the winter of 2012, I started to get aches in my stomach. I was tired all the time and some how I knew it was more than the flu. After many tests I was told that I had a tumour on my liver. I had no idea what that meant – all I knew was that I was scared.
I was medevacked from Whitehorse General Hospital to BC Children’s Hospital. It was awful being so far away from home, but I had my mom and dad with me every step of the way. We needed a place to stay.
A social worker told us about a place called Easter Seals House that was just a few blocks away. I had never heard of it and wasn’t sure what to expect. The first day we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff (who later would become like family).
I went out into the community and raised over $6,000, I took those donations and bought and delivered six boxes of toys for sick children at Easter Seals House
We met other families that were staying at Easter Seals House who were also away from their home and family. I was shocked to meet kids that were younger than me who had cancer. Here, there was a whole other world that I didn’t know about.
When I returned home, I kept thinking about all the families that would be walking into Easter Seals House every day and decided that I wanted to do something special for these kids.
For my 12th birthday, I asked for donations to Easter Seals in lieu of presents. At Christmas, I went out into the community and raised over $6,000, I took those donations and bought and delivered six boxes of toys for sick children at Easter Seals House. It was an amazing feeling to help so many kids. Over the past year and a half, I have raised over $12,000, but I’m not done yet.
I will continue to travel to Vancouver and Easter Seals House for the next three years for regular checkups. I plan to continue to help raise funds for Easter Seals House. Just think, two years ago, I didn’t know what Easter Seals House was and now I can’t stop thinking about it!” – Aimee