Celebrity Causes: Ellen Dubin for Make a Wish

By , Guest Celebrity Contributor

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 and joy." 

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!   

Working with Make a Wish has truly been a life changing experience.

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The Toronto native is a Gemini Award-nominated actress for her series regular role Jeri Slate in the Leo Award winning supernatural drama The Collector (airing in 65 countries); a cult figure in the sci-fi world for playing the alien cannibal Giggerota the Wicked in the international cult hit Lexx and…

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