TPI Announces Commitment to Giving by Fulfilling Celia’s Wish
WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a top 30 Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors and agencies, today announces its commitment to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada by fulfilling Celia’s wish of traveling to Disney World in Orlando, FL, to meet her favourite Disney Princesses.
This past December, TPI revised its annual holiday tradition of sending cards and gifts to its valued partners and instead sent e-cards and donated funds directly to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to assist this worthy charitable organization in granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
“Given that most of the wishes granted by The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada involve travel, it was an easy choice for us to make this charity our focus,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO. “In addition to this annual holiday donation, our commitment to their work will involve our travel advisor and partner network in fundraising activities throughout the year.”
“We are very excited to be working with TPI this coming year to grant even more wishes for deserving children within our community,” stated Maria Toscano, Provincial Director – Manitoba & Nunavut, The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. “TPI’s partnership with The Children’s Wish Foundation will have a tremendous impact on wish children like Celia who will soon be taking her wish trip to Disney World. Celia will visit the Magic Kingdom, the Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boutique for a princess makeover, and so much more. Thank you TPI for your generous contribution and for creating the magic of a wish!”
Age: 4 years old
Diagnosis: Complex CHD
Wish: Orlando, Florida- Disney World
Celia was born with a congenital heart condition called Tricuspid Atresia, which essentially means that only half of her heart formed properly in utero. The right side of her heart, that should pump blood to her lungs to be oxygenated, wasn’t developed. Luckily Celia was also born with several holes in her heart that allowed some blood from her left side to “accidentally” get some oxygen, and then circulate to the rest of her body using the left side. Because she was only getting some of her blood oxygenated, she had low energy and her lips and fingers were pretty blue. Her condition was not detected in prenatal ultrasound, so the family had no idea anything was of concern until her second day checkup after she was born. Celia has had a handful of major surgeries and done countless hours of physiotherapy and is now able to enjoy ballet class and enjoy being a four year old little girl.
Celia’s most heartfelt Wish is to go to Orlando, Florida and visit Magic Kingdom at the end of the year. She plans to spend the week dressed up in Princess Gowns, getting a Princess makeover at the “Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boutique” & meeting all of her favourite Disney Princesses.