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MIRACLE TREAT DAY

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On August 10th, 2017 all Blizzard treats at Dairy Queen are calorie free. Really. Buy one and let someone else eat it for you. They’ll love you for it, you’ll enjoy the pleasure of helping the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and no calories gained in the process. A triple win. Miracle Treat Days On Miracle Treat Day, net proceeds from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating DQ locations will be donated to local Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals, like the Stollery. Every day, 4,900 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network member hospital for treatment. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others require constant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic…

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CAREGIVERS AT CHRISTMAS

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This is what happens when a terminally ill child dies in Santa’s arms. By now you’ve probably read or heard the story of Eric Schmitt-Matzen. He’s a sixty-year old mechanical engineer, who looks every bit the part of Saint Nick. His 6-foot frame carries 310 pounds. His snowy beard is the real thing. He’s professionally trained. Custom-tailored in red. Eric’s usual role is to spread joy and have fun. A Five-Year Old’s Wish That was until he took an urgent call from an ICU nurse that a five-year old boy’s dying wish was to see Santa Claus. Eric only had time to put on his Santa-laden suspenders. He rushed to the hospital, where he met several of the boy’s relatives,…

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MACKENZEE WITTKE’S STORY: HOPE ENDURES

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Mackenzee Wittke is a “one-in-a-billion” little girl. “Kenzee,” as her family affectionately calls her, was born with a medical condition that has baffled experts from around the world. Her condition is so rare that the “Mackenzee Wittke Syndrome” was named after her. Her story was featured in the July 17th, 2014 edition of Macleans Magazine.Matt and Kim Wittke live in the bedroom community of Sherwood Park, Alberta. They have two daughters, Emilee and Mackenzee. Mackenzee’s middle name is “Hope” and that’s what the Wittkes have been holding on to for the past eight years. I’ve visited “little Mac” at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and in their home. Kim’s Story Kim says, “Hope is a word and emotion that has been…

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THE LEMONADE STAND MILLIONAIRES

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Sydney and Taylor Woodworth and their friends don’t just turn lemons into lemonade, they are masterminding an endeavor that is helping seriously ill children find hope and in the process learning that giving makes you feel like a million dollars. (Donate online to their cause via the link at the bottom of this post.) A Boy Named Moses When Sydney was five, her kindergarten classmate Moses Felix died of leukemia. He was the first person the girls knew who died. And he was a kid…it could have been her. Broke all of their hearts, knowing the pain the family was going through. The girls wanted to do something to try to show they cared. Syd’s parents had talked about all…

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WALK RUN RIDE FOR HOPE

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What else can you do in 120 minutes of your life that can give hope to 100’s of kids? Yep, two hours…120 minutes…that’s all it takes to put a roof over the heads of kids, to put healthy food in their stomachs, love in their hearts, knowledge in their heads and smiles on their faces. Honestly, I cannot imagine what it feels like to lack for any of the above. I’m rich in every way. LIFE CHANGING I challenge you to make Walk Run Ride 2017 a priority on Saturday June 17th. I’ll never get tired of sharing how much your effort…our efforts together…can change a child’s life, forever. Pastor Zowa, the director of the Village of Hope(VOH) in March…

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RYDON HAROLD BOUCK’S STORY (UPDATED)

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Rydon’s parents believe in miracles. They watched their preemie son fight for his life with the aid of doctors and nurses in two hospitals and the prayers of family and friends each breath of the way. Now, the Bouck’s are like thousands of families from Fort McMurray, forced from their homes by a raging fire. Mother’s Day was supposed to be Rydon’s dedication in Ft Mac. Undaunted, the Bouck family with gather with their Family Christian Centre family and the North Pointe Community Church family to dedicate Rydon to a God who sees us through the fire. “Thanks again to everyone at North Pointe for your prayers and support. Words cannot describe how blessed we feel to have come so…

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