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2018-09

MAKE-A-WISH MOM USES PERSONAL PASSION TO GIVE BACK TO VANCOUVER ISLAND KIDS

SEPTEMBER, 2018 – VICTORIA B.C.. When Simone Conner was still trying to absorb the news about her son Ryan’s neurofibromatosis diagnosis back in 2004, she certainly wasn’t envisioning the tens of thousands of dollars she would be helping to raise for Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, yet today, that’s exactly what she’s doing.

“My son’s life has been dominated by neurofibromatosis,” said Conner, “but the day he was granted a wish through the Make-A-Wish foundation was a day that gave him, and our whole family, strong, positive memories, and today, it gives me purpose in my work.”

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes tumours to form on nerve tissue. These tumors can develop anywhere in your nervous system, including your brain, spinal cord and nerves. The condition has created complications in Ryan’s life from a young age. In among the difficult days, though, a granted wish: Ryan was able to meet NHL Superstar Alex Ovechkin back in 2011 thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation, and it proved to be a defining moment in his life.

Since that time, Conner has gone on to be a volunteer for Make-A-Wish, and for the last three years, has been an employee. She now directs the Vancouver Island efforts of Make-A-Wish’s BC & Yukon chapter.

Conner is bringing her passion for the cause to the University Club at the University of Victoria this coming Thursday, at Make-A-Wish BC and Yukon’s latest fundraiser, called UnWined. Conner is at the helm of the event, which features food and beverage tastings from a variety of Island vendors, silent and live auctions, a wish moment from another island wish family, live entertainment, door prizes, and more.

“Last year at this event, we raised over $25,000,” said Conner. “At this year’s event, we’d like to raise even more. Almost a quarter of all our wishes granted in BC and the Yukon are granted right here on Vancouver Island,” Conner explained.

“I’d like to know that we, as islanders, are going to be there to help fund future wishes for island kids battling critical illnesses. Through my son’s experience, I know firsthand just how life-changing a wish can be for a kid going through a difficult time. I want to help other families experience that sense of hope and joy, and through an event like UnWined, we can do just that.”

UnWined, presented by Rite Storage, takes place this Thursday, September 27th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the University Club of Victoria. For tickets, visit makeawishbc.ca/unwined-victoria