The mission of Make-A-Wish® Canada is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Along with the national office, eight regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from coast-to-coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International, the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 415,000 children since 1980.
Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary brain disorder with no current known cure. There are over 30,000 people suffering from Huntington’s Disease in the United States alone. The disease causes a deterioration in nerve cells, making it difficult to complete everyday tasks- walking becomes difficult, cognition slows, and the individual becomes completely unable to care for him or herself. The HelpCureHD Foundation was created to help those suffering from this neurological disorder as well as helping aid in the journey to finding a cure. HelpCureHD was inspired by Lee Smith, mother to Joe Smith, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, who was diagnoses with Huntington’s Disease in 2012. Joe and his family have been greatly affected by Huntington’s Disease.