Amy loved Christmas. The excitement of planning, preparing, decorating the Christmas Tree and the joy of giving. She would put a great deal of thought into every gift, somehow making each so personal that when opened, the joy and appreciation was clear to all.
Amy’s dream was to work with children. From a very young age, she wanted to be a doctor. At age three she was hospitalized and had to have emergency surgery. Despite the circumstances, Amy was captivated and fascinated by the doctors and nurses, as they helped her heal and recover. The effect was so profound that, from then on, all she wanted to do was to help others - especially children.
As a third-year student at the University of Toronto, Amy was well on her way to achieving her goal to become a pediatric surgeon. In her spare time, she was a member of the Recess Oakville Team and Breaking Barriers Soccer Group. Both organizations provide respite care and activities for children with additional needs, and support for their families. Amy never missed an opportunity to help, even when COVID stopped in-person sessions, she continued to work with Recess Oakville to care for the children and their families through online chats, online activities, and drive-by events.
Just nine days after her 21st birthday, Amy passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from causes unknown.
Knowing how much she loved Christmas and caring for children, ‘Amy’s Christmas Wish’ has been created to honor her memory, her hopes, and her dreams. Each year, one family will be chosen to receive Amy’s Christmas Wish for an extra special Christmas.
Families with children experiencing disability/complex needs living in the Halton and Peel regions of Ontario, Canada are welcome to apply for a chance to be chosen for Amy's Christmas Wish this year.
The deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2022 at midnight Eastern time.
The family chosen will be notified by Monday, December 5th, 2022 at midnight Eastern time.
Your support means the world to us! Donations go directly to rEcess Oakville programming and Amy's Christmas Wish. Feel free to let us know if you'd like your donation to go to one specific area. Thank you!
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