Victoria, Michael Garron Hospital Foundation, and “the moustache”…

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

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Wee little Willow, a one year old from Deerfield Illinois, raised $525.00 for the charity SHADOW and put the rest toward some girly toys and her education!

Now that’s a reason to celebrate!

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Willow’s Mom says that their family is passionate about the preservation of natural habitats and their animals.  So the charity SHADOW seemed like a great fit to donate half of Willow’s birthday money raised at her party.  SHADOW is focused on preserving wetland and forest habitat for future generations. Screen Shot 2012-12-23 at 10.23.56 PM

Birthday parties certainly can be a bit overwhelming.  Specially for a one year old.  So when Willow’s mom found a service that could help her impart her values and provide her friends a family with an easy way to give toward long lasting, more meaningful gifts (without having to leave their homes) she jumped at the chance.

If Willow, at age one, can inspire family and friends just by celebrating her birthday, we can’t wait to see what she does for her second birthday.   A very happy 1st birthday to your Willow.


For Yo Yo’s 5th Birthday he got MC Hammer Pants, A San Francisco Giants T-Shirt, LEGO and Books for Africa got $300.

Yo Yo’s Hip Hop Hippity Hop 5th birthday was a blast.  A party in the park in support of Books for Africa for this inspiring young little boy.

Happy 5th Birthday to you Yo Yo!

When asked why he chose to support Books for Africa he said,

“ I liked donating to Books for Africa because there are kids who don’t have any books and it made me happy to help kids, like me, get new books.”

Yo Yo’s birthday gift is helping to end the book famine in Africa. 

At age 5 (that’s right, age 5), Yo Yo is spreading importance of literacy.

Because of you Yo Yo, there is a sweet young boy who will be getting the gift of books all because you chose to make a difference at your ECHOage birthday party.

We hope you are dancing around in your MC Hammer pants right now, feeling proud to be a young leader (and reader).

A Hip Hop Happity Birthday to you Yo Yo.