Make-A-Wish Canada grants more than 1,000 wishes annually and one of those wishes came true right here in Moose Jaw, thanks to a local business.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation reached out to Water Vision Pool & Spa and asked them to help out with a wish in the Friendly City.
The Saskatchewan branch of the foundation is based in Saskatoon, and they asked Don McKenzie, owner of Water Vision Pool & Spa if he would like to help with the wish.
"Of course, I couldn't say no," says McKenzie.
Tyce Bellefeuille is a local child diagnosed with a rare eye cancer called retinoblastoma when he was just two months old.
Chelsey Bellefeuille, Tyce's mom, explains how they got in touch with Make-A-Wish.
"We applied and were approved for Tyce’s wish when he was three. Tyce, now 7, chose a pool this year, and within months, his wish became a reality. Tyce decided on a pool for the simple fact that he enjoyed swimming. We loved this idea as we knew it would provide him with a happy place he will enjoy for many years to come. He’s already put in countless hours swimming with friends and family," says Chelsey.
She says the pool has already brought so much happiness to the family.
"Tyce’s Make-A-Wish has helped our family shed so much light on our ever-evolving cancer journey of highs and lows," says Chelsey. "His early years were rough and rocky for not only him, but our entire family and his wish allowed us to celebrate his bravery, perseverance and inspiration in a way that will never be forgotten."
"He was so excited when we came for the installation," says McKenzie. "It was something that he has always wanted, and we were happy to make his wish come true."
McKenzie says the Make-A-Wish Foundation is very dear to his heart, as he has had family members who have suffered from severe illnesses.
"It's always great to give back to the community," says McKenzie. "It just makes your heart feel good."
Make-A-Wish Saskatchewan currently has over 70 kids who are waiting for a wish.
Since granting Tyce's wish, the local business has helped make another wish come true for a child in Regina.