Every so often you encounter a boy like Leo. This amazing 5 year old chose to host an ECHOage party for his birthday in support of World Animal Protection Canada. What a fantastic cause this is and ECHOage is so proud to be partnered with them. This charity has worked for over 30 years to expose animal cruelty and prevent animal suffering. Leo, you really made a difference in the world. You protected so many animals. We congratulate you. Love ECHOage XOXO
Every once in awhile you meet a child who changes your perspective. Meet Isabelle.
In her own words:
“I was born 2 months early and was diagnosed with Hirschsprungs. I spent the first two months of my life in the hospital and was taken care of by some amazing doctors and nurses. The hospitals I stayed at were UAB Hospital and Childrens Hospital, Birmingham AL. I choose to support SickKids to give back because there are a lot of kids that need help.”
And why did Isabelle choose Bloxels Build and Kano Kit as her gifts?
“I love coding and building things as well as playing Minecraft and digital games. I thought it would be cool to learn how to design my own video game and build my own computer.”
Isabelle, you are a child who has impacted the adults around you. All of us at ECHOage are feeling this way. Happy Birthday to you, you are an amazing girl. Kids can do so much more than adults think! Our smiles and thanks go to you Isabelle, Love ECHOage XO
You’re never too young to make a difference. Meet Hudson. He’s 4 years old. But that doesn’t stop him. Hudson chose Make-A-Wish Canada for his ECHOage Party. When Hudson met a young boy at Disney Land who was there for his wish, he became inspired to help other children. What a generous leader! And our hero Hudson is quiet creative – he wants lego, a bird feeder so he can watch birders, and some art supplies. Hudson, today you are our special hero. Happy Birthday Hudson From ECHOage! XO
As excited as we are in the days leading up to Christmas, we just got a little more thrilled. Matty is pretty amazing. He’s only 7 years old and an ECHOage Hero! This generous boy chose SickKids to benefit from his ECHOage party because he wanted to help kids to be happy at Christmas, and help the hospital staff help the kids. Matty got an amazing gift too! He loves Bey Blades because they can spin really fast and they burst a lot. Follow in Matty’s footsteps. Book your ECHOage Party today – it’s a better way to celebrate.
It’s amazing what kids can do. Brielle turned 11. And she made sure it was special. Brielle chose World Wildlife Fund to support at her ECHOage party. In her words:
“I picked WWF Canada because I love animals and I want to make sure the animals are looked after.”
As for her birthday gifts, Brielle asked for a new Cheer bag because she is a competitive cheer athlete and she needed a backpack to carry her things. Books are Brielle’s first love and she can never have too many.
It’s true there are many stories on ECHOage that make us cry, laugh, sigh. This one is unique, and worth retelling, it made us all stop and say: “Wow”. In the words of Victoria’s mom Amy, here is the story:
We live in a great house in East York, just a few blocks from Michael Garron Hospital where Victoria was born. The hospital is also where Victoria was cared for after a recent fall at school. Victoria fell and hit her head. Paramedics were called and she and I rode in the ambulance together. Victoria was captivated by the paramedics, who made her feel safe when she was scared and hurt. One of them had a crazy moustache, which Victoria thought was just about the coolest thing ever. When it was time to plan her birthday, we talked about ECHOage. Victoria said she wanted to “help kids and babies where I was born, and where “the moustache” helped me when I fell”. One of Victoria’s classmates’ dad is a police officer. When he heard about Victoria’s generosity, he felt compelled to track down “the moustache”. He found him! And he was able to come to Victoria’s birthday party to say “thank you” in person for Victoria’s donation to the hospital. They even let Victoria and her friends explore the ambulance!
Victoria has spastic dilpegia, a type of cerebral palsy (CP). CP affects everyone differently. For Victoria, she has very tight muscles in her legs, which make it difficult to walk. She wears leg braces and uses a walker to get around. Recently, we have been borrowing a used ice sledge so that she can go on school skating trips at our local arena. For her birthday, she received her very own, made-just-for-her ice sledge.
Happy Birthday To Victoria from the whole team at ECHOage! You made us cry, laugh, sigh. We’ll all be thinking of you throughout the holiday season, of you, your amazing generosity, of “the moustache” and the ice sledge. Thank you Victoria and Amy. XOXO ECHOage
It was 2007 when ECHOage and SavvyMom first met. SavvyMom Co-Founder Sarah Morgenstern and ECHOage Co-Founder Debbie Zinman sat on the floor together at a mommy-toddler music class, with their two year old daughters climbing on them while they chatted. They got to talking about moms, babies and well, you know, great ideas that make life easier for families. ECHOage Co-Founder Alison Smith had met the amazing Co-Founders of SavvyMom, Minnow and Sarah, too, so their first coffee together involved smiles and nods, smiles and nods. The very first national article ever written about ECHOage appeared in SavvyMom in 2007. And 10 years later, the kids are older, the moms are wiser (only a bit) and Heather Dixon highlights some of the fabulous kids who are the heart of ECHOage. You want chills up your spine? Read her post. And cheers to Sarah, Minnow, Ali and Deb. Women who were on a mission to make life better for moms. And they did. XOXO