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December 2020

A Time To Give! Part 2


Thank you to everyone who supported Canuck Place through Emmett's fundraiser.

$1950 was raised for Canuck Place, and a Canuck Place benefactor doubled that to make the donations worth a total of $3900.

Two of Emmett's Santa Plaques were awarded: one is going to Anne in Ontario and one to Alesha in B.C.

Thank you for your support! Happy 2021!

Orange Hippos - you've got to be wondering what this has to do with a little boy with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, his Canuck Place Fundraiser, and anything to do with reality. The fact is, absolutely nothing and yet absolutely everything. Because this team name/phrase is from Emmett's incredible imagination. In this pic, taken in 2018, it shows Emmett when he still had front teeth and when his Orange Hippos t-shirt still fit him. Emmett is holding the original Orange Hippo, which for several months was his most favourite possession, and playing with his giant hippo, Po. Even now, when I asked Emmett and his mom where the original orange hippo toy was for the headline photo that is above, he could direct me to the exact location where this prized toy was located. No help was required to find Po!

Emmett has many favourite animals, but without question the Hippo is the absolute and ultimate favourite. And while he will rattle off several colours that he likes, there is no doubt that Orange is his 'top of the charts' favourite. In 2018 when we

A 2018 Orange Hippos photo shoot.

were getting ready to participate in a roll/walk/run for Spinal Muscular Atrophy that was held in Stanley Park, we had to come up with a team name. While the adults bounced several ideas around, Emmett's suggestion was "The Orange Hippos"! That name stuck! The t-shirt was created. And the rest is history.

So there you have it, the name the orange hippos represents a little boy's incredible imagination, sense of humour, and love of life. This is Emmett's fundraiser - and the Orange Hippos started from his imagination but has morphed into the team that includes all of his family, friends and supporters.

If you make a donation to my.canuckplace.org/orangehippos then you will be making a donation to support many medically fragile youngsters and their unique imaginations. Plus if you make a donation this month (December 2020), your donation will be matched so every $1 you donate will mean $2 for Canuck Place. As of now, the fundraiser is at $1100 - we are really close to our goal of $1225.

Emmett loves the orange hippos and would love to see every room in the house decorated with them. This, of course, is maybe going too far for some members of the house! LOL!


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A Time To Give!

Canuck Place Fundraiser!

Click on this link to go to Emmett's Canuck Place Fundraiser and make a donation to Canuck Place.


All Funds raised in Emmett's Fundraiser go directly to Canuck Place. Tax Receipts are available. Emmett will select two people from everyone who makes a donation to his fundraiser for Canuck Place to receive one of his Santa's Sleigh creations. Thank you for supporting Canuck Place, an organization that means so much to us.

Recently a Canuck Place van came down the street to Emmett's house. Christmas music blaring through the van's windows. When it stopped at his house several elves and a Christmas tree rushed out of the door bearing gifts for Emmett. It absolutely made his day. And then as fast as they appeared, they vanished. Off to the next medically fragile child so that they could bring Christmas cheer. This socially distanced Canuck Place drive-by was a fantastic 2020 opportunity for Emmett.

Canuck Place is far more than a place that provides Christmas cheer. Every day, Canuck Place is there for children with life-threatening illnesses and families across BC who require support to navigate through one of the hardest times in their lives. Emmett was just 6 or 7 months old when he first visited Canuck Place, which provides clinical care at two BC locations as well as consultations in home or in hospital. Canuck Place provides space for families needing to manage their pain, create special memories, and share love - all at no cost to families. 

Thank you.  Emmett and his entire family appreciate your support.

To make a donation to Emmett's fundraiser, click here!

Dec. 13 update: $125 has been raised. Thank you!

When Emmett was 5 3/4 months old (he's now 5 3/4 years old) Emmett was a little boy who could not support his own head, roll over, or sit up. He couldn't move his legs and the loss of arm movement was so massive that it was inevitable. Emmett was also losing the ability to swallow and sitting in a car seat/baby seat was a danger - he had to be lying down or he would choke on his own saliva. At that very difficult time with multiple appointments at BC Children's Hospital, Canuck Place was there. Recently, Emmett's food pump stopped working - he cannot swallow so all of his nutrition and liquids are provided through a G-tube (gastronomy tube) - and Canuck Place was there and a supplied a loaner pump almost instantly. This is a fantastic organization and we hope that you support it. If you feel that it's too far away from where you live that is understandable and appreciated, but then support a similar hospice near you. Thanks.


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