Meet Ava

Ava was born just over a month early on February 8, 2011. The doctors had hoped her condition would correct itself and, once born, she would be okay. Within a week, Ava relapsed and was in need of her seventh blood transfusion. We were told at this time for her to sustain life, she would need continual blood transfusions but still they said, “We don’t know why.” 

Our family became a permanent fixture in Pediatric Cancer Care Manitoba. The weekly visits for blood transfusions and tests were always emotionally and physically draining. Ava was so very small and her veins were no bigger than a hair. It was not unusual for her to receive 6-8 “needle pokes” to find a vein that would take and hold an intravenous needle.      

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Meet Paisley

You see, Paisley has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer off and on since she was eight-months-old – since she was just a baby. Paisley lived in the hospital for five months and 22 days during her first year of life. She has endured three difficult brain surgeries, countless chemotherapy regimens, and several blood and platelet transfusions.  

Even though Paisley has been through so much, her beautiful smile still shines through at the end of each and every day. She inspires all of us with her amazing strength and resilience.  

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Meet Finley

Two years ago, at age 5, our son Finley was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma, a non-malignant brain tumour. The tumour was creating pressure in Finley’s head, which caused severe headaches, lethargy and hormone disruptions. As this tumour is considered rare, there is no standard treatment for it and approaches vary. 

Finley had three brain surgeries in the five months following his diagnosis. He developed several complications from these surgeries, including meningitis and two strokes. For a time, he was unable to move one leg and one arm and lost a lot of his vocabulary. In addition to the surgeries, Finley had countless scans, tests and many, many needles. The needles are the worst for Finley, regardless of how quick or gentle the nurses are. 

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Meet Annick

Since Annick was 4-months-old, our lives have revolved around medical appointments, blood counts, pills, temperature readings, emergency room visits and hospital admissions. Dealing with these situations and procedures has been hard for us, but we have also been struggling with the fact that this is how our lives are going to be from now on.

Since Annick was 4-months-old, our lives have revolved around medical appointments, blood counts, pills, temperature readings, emergency room visits and hospital admissions. Dealing with these situations and procedures has been hard for us, but we have also been struggling with the fact that this is how our lives are going to be from now on.

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Meet Mackenzie

My name is Tara and the little girl pictured here is my beautiful daughter Mackenzie. For the past three years Mackenzie has been bravely battling a very rare disease called Batten Disease.  Mackenzie is only 1 of approximately 12 known children in Canada diagnosed with this disease. Never heard of Batten disease? You’re not alone - neither had we. This is why I would like to share our story and tell you a little bit about why The Dream Factory means so much to our family. 

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Meet Colby

There has not been a more difficult moment in my life than learning that my wonderful son, Colby, has a life-threatening illness.   

When he was only 5-years-old, Colby was diagnosed with brain and spine cancer (medulloblastoma). This news was crushing, and yet I knew that I had to stay strong for my little boy, whose world was about to become so terrifying, filled with endless doctor appointments, hospital visits, countless needle pokes, and grueling treatments. 

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