Michael came home from the hospital in this Jeep...
Michael loves cars. He knows them inside and out, loves to drive them, fix them, take them off-roading—in short, he’s a self-professed autophile. The 16-year-old lymphoma survivor would love to be a mechanic or a race car driver when he grows up. Michael is very attached to the 1998 Jeep Wrangler given to him by his father; it’s the car his parents brought him home from the hospital in when he was born. He’d love to take it off-roading and ultimately drive it south to California. When given the opportunity for a wish, Michael didn’t hesitate: he wished to have his Jeep refurbished.

Micheal was thrilled when his made-over Jeep was revealed to him at Trail Tire West, and poured over every detail with the professionals that made it happen. “It's the first car I ever got to learn to drive. I love cars and I love four-by-fouring. It’s nice and low and you can go anywhere,” said Michael, who was anxious to get out and put some dirt on his new, clean Jeep. “Maybe next weekend get out into the bush and have some fun. It’s too clean!”
Eight years of granting wishes
To achieve our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child , we rely on the generosity of our community and funds from individual and corporate donors. Since 2011, Chemco has played an important role in our wish granting efforts, making over 30 wishes possible through our Adopt-A-Wish program.

"The ability to see firsthand the impact our support helps create," says Brian Lunge, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Chemco, when explaining why they donate. “It’s not donating and hoping the dollars are being put to good use. It’s seeing the faces of the family and hearing their stories. Our core value of ‘People First’ is epitomized by the Make-A-Wish program.” We're grateful for this incredible support!
Wish Sister rappels for fourth year
Meet Taylor, a wish sister and three-time Rope For Hope rappeller who is joining us again this year. "My first rappel was in 2016 and I have been back every year since. 2019 will be my 4th rappel! I I started doing Rope for Hope because my brother was a wish kid about 10 years ago. I want every sick kid (and their family) to experience a wish so magical that they forget about everything else." 

You still have time to brave like our wish kids (and Taylor!) and sign up for Rope For Hope! There are only three simple steps: fundraise, rappel, grant wishes! Raise a miminum of $1,500 and you can go over the edge of Edmonton's Coast Edmonton Plaza on July 10 or Red Deer's Stantec Executive Place on July 20.
Upcoming Events
Hope Run
Rundle Park | August 24, 2019
Hope Run is back for it's 4th year!
Sign up now for the 2.5km walk or the 5km walk/run,
and raise money for wishes!
Hope Run is a family friendly event, with events suitable for the whole family
Foam Fest
Red Deer - June 22, 2019
Leduc - July 6, 2019
This obstacle course-based fun run is an exciting challenge for all ages!
To volunteer for Foam Fest or Rope For Hope, contact Kim Matthews at
780-444-9474 ext. 6209, email kim.matthews@makeawish.ca, or click below!