How the Foundation Began

Everyday across the country, teens are seriously injured or diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  More often than not, the medical attention that is needed to help them is far away from their home, requiring them to stay in strange places for days, weeks or months. While these tests and treatments are performed, parents either have to pay to stay in hotels or stay at home away from their children in order to pay their bills, look after other children and continue to manage the responsibilities of everyday life.

Trisha PetersWhile charities exist to help families with young children, it is harder for parents of teens and young adults to receive assistance. In March of 2000, Trish Peter was 17 years old when she was diagnosed with Osteo Sarcoma, the same type of cancer Terry Fox had. Living in Little Britain at the time, she had to travel to hospitals in Toronto for treatments on a regular basis. She was separated from her family while they struggled to pay travel costs and medical bills, all the while being on a leave of absence from work to be with her.

In May of 2004, two months before she lost her battle with cancer, the members of the community organized a very successful 12-kilometer Walk-a-Thon to help the family with their financial burden. It was her wish that the event be carried on every year to assist other local families in a similar situation, and the next year her mother and friends from the community created Trish’s Wish to do just that. The charity continues with the walk, as well as holding various events and benefits throughout the year and soliciting personal and corporate donations, with all proceeds going to assist families in the Kawartha Lakes with a sick or seriously injured child between the ages of 17 and 25.