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
Eden’s 7th birthday is one she will always remember. Never did she think that beyond receiving her much anticipated gift (a Barbie Mermaid Princess!), that she would also be helping people affected with blood cancers.
Mom Dana, however, knew that bringing charitable giving into the mix would make Eden’s birthday even more special. “Being able to share her birthday gift with a charity helped to teach Eden about the importance of giving back.”
Eden chose to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) in honour of her grandmother, a lymphoma survivor. Eden states “Her cancer is better now, but when I saw the LLSC featured on ECHOage list of charities, I knew that was the charity that I wanted to raise money for!”
“Dolls, dolls and more dolls” was the theme of this little girl’s dream birthday. She had a blast making doll clothes with her friends, whacking a piñata and throwing a pie in her brother’s face.
But while the birthday celebrations may be over, Eden’s gift continues to make a difference in the lives of many Canadians living with a blood cancer.
Hurray to this little hero, her support is part of the cure!
With blood cancer being the # 1 cancer in kids under age of 14 and with over 100,000 Canadians living with or in remission from a blood cancer; NOW is the time to recognize that Someday is Today. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancers and improving the quality of life for patients and their families. The LLSC provides much needed funding to researchers, patient support and public education.
By supporting the LLSC at your next ECHOage party, your remarkable gesture will bring hope to thousands of families across Canada living with a blood cancer.
That’s what this incredible family has accomplished using ECHOage! Wendy Labelle and her children, Ella and Griffin, have become our Quebec ECHOage heroes; they are committed to making the world a better place, one celebration at a time. Read the testimonials from this generous, inspiring family!
“We LOVE ECHOage! We were first introduced to the idea by neighbors who were hosting an ECHOage birthday party. My daughter, Ella, thought it was a very interesting concept and decided on her own that she wanted to do the same! It didn’t take too much convincing to get my son, Griffin, on board as well.”
“They have always been big-hearted and charitable – donating clothes, toys and food quite willingly. As a matter of fact, they look forward to their ECHOage parties every year and tell me way in advance which charities they want to help. My daughter and son both like to donate to The Montreal Children’s Hospital, not only because I worked there for several years, but also because Ella had surgery there.”
“We have had nothing but positive feedback from our invitees, and the online invitations and thank you notes are convenient and easy to use. My kids like the concept because, not only do they get to help a charity, but the money they receive gives them the freedom to choose their own gifts, or save it for a rainy day. They proudly tell friends and family that they have raised money for their charity of choice. We will definitely continue using ECHOage for many celebrations to come…”
A huge thank you to the Labelle family for the positive ways they’ve influenced their friends and their community! Wishing you many more happy celebrations from everyone at ECHOage.com!
Quebec! It’s Time to ECHOage!
We’re hearing all kinds of ECHOs across Quebec these days! Children are giving to others in record numbers and creating a positive impact on the world on the occasion of their birthdays. We’ve got generous leaders among us and their ECHOs are being heard!
By now you’ve either hosted or been to an ECHOage party and hopefully you can easily agree that this is a major win for the child, the charity, the environment and especially you, the parent! Move over Evite, ECHOage is the answer for the multi-tasking, socially conscious and environmentally friendly among us.
Partners you care about
Supporting organizations you feel connected to makes the ECHOage experience all the sweeter. We’re made that possible by partnering with organizations essential to our community and right in our backyard. The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Jewish General Hospital, the Just for Kids Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, the MAB-Mackay Foundation, the MADA Community Center are all Quebec based charities that are benefiting from the generosity of your children! Believe it that we can change the world one celebration at a time!
The Part I’m Playing
As mom to two young girls, I have seen first hand the joy and pride that my daughters have experienced from giving back and doing important work for those in need. As the eastern regional ambassador, I am thrilled to be able to play a part in fostering kindness and generosity among our youngest generation. I am here to support you whether it’s your first or fifth ECHOage party! I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Difference Little (And Big) People Can Make
My daughter and her best friend raised over $1200 this past September onthe occasion of their 7th birthdays, of which over $600 went to the Montreal Children’s Hospital! Talk about a gift with major impact! To date we’ve raised over $2.5 million dollars for our over 250 charitable partners across Canada and the US. Just imagine what can be accomplished! Join us Quebecers! It’s time to create your ECHO!