Canuck Place Children’s Hospice kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of thousands of festive lights decorating the hospice grounds last Thursday. The event brought together donors, partners, friends and family members to celebrate the community of caring supporters who contribute to the funding of pediatric palliative care for children and families across BC.
“These lights represent the light and love found at Canuck Place. Our valued donors ensure Canuck Place can continue to care for over 715 children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them all across BC,” said Margaret McNeil, Canuck Place CEO. “We’re so thankful to have the community join us to help light the house and launch the holiday season.”
The evening featured a performance by the EnChor Choir, festive activities including a visit from Santa, as well as a special ceremony where Canuck Place family, the Cunninghams, with the help of Canuck Place therapy dog Poppy, flipped the switch to illuminate the house and grounds. Dwayne Cunningham is the father of Lumina, who is on the Canuck Place program, and this event reminds him of how Canuck Place has made an impact in their lives.
“Canuck Place provides trusted counsel, expert care, and medical respite for our whole family,” said Dwayne. They are with us at home during times of fear and stress as well as at the hospice from the moment we walk through the doors. We have eaten, slept, laughed and cried at Canuck Place and its warmth has brightened our lives in indescribable ways. Not every moment is easy, but every single moment is beautiful and part of that beauty is because of the loving, professional care that we receive from Canuck Place.
Light a Life with Canuck Place
Canuck Place has also launched their online Light A Life campaign to invite the public to join the donors at this event in contributing to Canuck Place care. This campaign complements the Lighting of the House event and will run until December 31st, 2017.