As we grow up, we all have wishes,
dreams and ambitions. As children, we play make believe, and have all
kinds of wonderful ideas about what our future might hold.
When I was asked by Make a Wish Toronto
and Ontario to be their spokesperson, I was so honored. Their premise
truly touched my heart - granting children with life threatening medical
conditions wishes that "enrich the human experience with hope, strength
I hosted a huge fundraiser for Make a Wish in Toronto, raising money by auctioning off all kinds of items.
I was getting very emotional - bawling like a baby.
I brought a Make a Wish girl on stage
with me to help with one item. She was an inspiration. The little girl
said to me, "Don't cry Ellen. You can do it!" I was blown away.
She was comforting me!!
And to top it off, she was a great
co-host! I kept her onstage for the rest of the auction. She had such
a delightful sense of humor. Her energy was terrific and together we
raised a lot of money for the foundation.
When you see kids like that, it makes
you realize that your everyday problems are trivial. When I have a bad
day, I think about these amazing kids and the power of their wishes
- helping their families get through each day with hope and courage.
The love they share with family -- and strangers like me -- is the most
beautiful gift you will ever see.
I will never forget the happiness I
see on kids' faces as their wishes are granted - everything from
a pink playhouse to playing baseball with a favorite player to going
to Disneyland. It's fascinating that not one child ever says I want
a lot of money!