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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An Attitude of Gratitude

This year for Kate’s 4th birthday, she got a Mini Ipad from her friends, and she raised over $300 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH)!

Kate chose to get an Ipad because she loves to download apps and play games like “Strawberry Shortcake” and “Littlest Pet Shop”. She chose to support the MCH – from ECHOage’s list of over 250 charities – because her grandmother worked there for many years. During that time, Kate saw for herself how much the Children’s helps young boys and girls who are sick, and have to stay in the hospital.

Kate, you are an ECHOage Hero – you have made a big difference in the lives of children in Montreal who are in the hospital, and you have inspired many other children to follow in your footsteps. Happy Birthday to you, amazing girl!

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Yonatan’s ECHOage Birthday

For Yonatan’s 6th birthday, he chose to do something truly amazing! Just by having an ECHOage birthday party, he raised funds for Mazon Canada – providing much needed food to hungry children and adults – and he got Lego and an Angry Birds game. Yonatan and his friends understood the necessity of helping families who don’t have enough to eat, and they were excited to help Yonatan buy some awesome birthday presents for himself, too. Parents welcomed the opportunity to discuss the idea of giving with their children, explaining that by contributing online using ECHOage, Yonatan would get funds to buy his chosen gifts, and families in need would be provided with food. A win, win!
 
Yonatan’s Mom was thrilled: “Doing something good for the community, as well as having fun, created the ultimate feel good party, and the lack of excess and useless junk made the whole family feel great. Also, teaching the children the value of giving left everybody with a great sense of pride.” 

 
Yonatan, your act of giving is like an echo. It will inspire other children to follow in your footsteps, and your impact is everlasting.
 
Congratulations Yonatan, and a heartfelt Happy Birthday from the entire ECHOage.com Team!
You are our hero today!