In June 2012, 6-year-old Halle Popowich was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.
As she was undergoing cancer treatment — and awaiting the bone-marrow transplant that ultimately saved her life — the Children's Wish Foundation approached Halle and her family and offered to grant her a wish.
Instead of wishing for a trip to Disneyland or a meeting with a favourite pop star, the young cancer patient's wish was a generous one: she wanted new playground equipment for her school in St. Albert, Alberta.
The Children's Wish Foundation grants wishes up to a cost of $11,000.
The playground Halle wanted cost $20,000.
After Halle's mother shared the story at a school council meeting, the community vowed to raise the difference.
"Her mom came in one council meeting, and told us how Halle was doing and about her wish. And it just touched all of our hearts," said Jennifer Doucette-Giordano, a J.J. Nearing Elementary School parent who, with her husband, set up the fundraising Facebook page Halle's Wish,Read More »from Alberta community rallies to make young cancer survivor’s wish come true