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Wendy's dreamlift day

This morning, over 50 children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses set out on a one-day adventure to the Disneyland resort. They set off from Kelowna International Airport at 7 a.m. thanks to the support of Sunshine partner Wendy’s BC Southern Interior.

For children who live with severe physical disabilities – like cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy – or life-threatening illnesses, it’s a unique opportunity to visit Disneyland. They will explore the theme park with volunteer “buddies” from their local community, Wendy’s and health care volunteers.

Sunshine’s Kelowna DreamLift is possible because of the support of Wendy’s BC Southern Interior. Since beginning their relationship with The Sunshine Foundation of Canada nineteen years ago, these nine Wendy’s restaurants have raised over $1.22 million dollars to fulfill the most cherished dreams of children living with medical challenges through their Annual Wendy’s DreamLift Day event.

Once the plane lands in Anaheim, the children will be met by members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The OCSD plays a key role in the success of the DreamLift flights. These officers volunteer their time to escort the children through the park on their fun-filled, whirlwind day at Disneyland. Often opening doors and finding the fastest way to get to that next ride.

“We are excited about partnering with The Sunshine Foundation to send these kids to Disneyland for a day of fun and adventure,” says Ken Park, owner of Wendy’s BC Southern Interior. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for these kids and we’re glad to be part of it.”

“These kids face different challenges in their lives,” says Nancy Sutherland, National Executive Director of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. “Their excitement and the smiles on their faces last all day. The experience of being independent leads to hope and confidence that continue for years.”

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