11:30 p.m., June 20)
Kateri class raises over $900 for Children's Wish Foundation
By Fred Sherwin
10-year-old cancer survivor at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic
School in Orléans and her Grade 5 class have managed
to raise more than $900 for the Children's Wish Foundation.
Madison White gets a hug from Janet-Lee Ferris
after helping her class rasie nearly $1,000
for the Children's Wish Foundation. Photo
White was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, the most common
form of liver cancer in children, when she was just four
months old. She received a liver transplant from her mother
on her six month birthday.
the years that followed she would undergo bone marrow
biopsies on both of her hips and three eye surgeries when
she was four, six and seven. As a transplant recipient
she is on medicine for life and must undergo blood work
every three months.
all she's been through Madison is an active, enthusiastic,
precocious young girl. The turning point in her life came
in 2008 when she and her family were able to go to Disney
World thanks to the Children's Wish Foundation.
the trip, Madison was dealing with a number of speech
and language development issues. She was quiet and withdrawn
and just been through her first eye surgery. The trip
was completely life-altering, says her mother.
was extremely shy before the trip. Going to Disney completely
changed her outlook on life," says Allison Jackson.
"When we came back she totally came out of her shell.
She spoke in front of her class for the first time. She
would have never of done that before the trip."
family returned to Disney World on their own accord after
each of Madison's eye surgeries, but they've never forgotten
that first trip.
has made it her life's mission to give back to the Children's
Wish Foundation every chance she can. At the beginning
of the school year her class had to pick a charity to
support throughout the year. Several of the kids put forward
ideas including Madison. In the end, the class chose to
support the Children's Wish Foundation.
the past 10 months they've held Hat and Gum Days when
the kids have to pay a quarter in order to chew gum or
wear a hat in class. They also held pajama days for a
dollar. After the Christmas break, Madison and some of
her friends began making and selling Rainbow Loom bracelets.
all of their activities the class managed to raise a grand
total of $939.30, which they recently presented to Children's
Wish Foundation representative Janet-Lee Ferris.
money will be used to help send another young child and
their family to Disney World in the hope that it will
have the same effect on them as it has on Madison and
Madison White's Grade 5 class at Saint Blessed
Kateri Catholic School in Orléans presents
a cheque for $939.30 to Janet-Lee Ferris from
the Children's Wish Foundation. Photo supplied
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