Swinging golf clubs for children’s wishes

Lisa Goudy
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Heather and Jeff Cushway’s oldest son, who will turn 10 in November, has had cancer twice.

Shawn Humenick hits his golf ball at Southland Roofing Inc.'s charity golf classic for the Children's Wish Foundation on Aug. 23, 2014 at the Lynbrook Golf and Country Club.

Their youngest son has a heart condition. Both kids are recipients of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Their eldest wished for a tent trailer when he was three years old and their youngest made his wish in June for a trip to Orlando.

“To be able to make family memories with him, because we were told he couldn’t be cured, we thought this is the best way to make memories with him. I mean, getting that as a family is amazing because they take you away from what you’re going through and it’s a happy thing,” said Heather.

“When you’re out there you don’t think about what’s going to happen the next week if he was still going through treatment at that time. So he knows it’s his trailer and he makes a point of saying it’s his trailer to us.”

While both of their sons are doing well now, it’s so important to the Cushways to support the foundation and help out in any way they can.

That is why it’s so important to the Cushways to support the foundation and help out in any way they can.

They were two of the people at Southland Roofing Inc.’s annual golf classic at the Lynbrook Golf and Country Club. The event raised funds for the foundation. There were 88 registrants this year.

“If it wasn’t for people that put fundraisers on and people that come out to the fundraisers, the Wish Foundation wouldn’t benefit from it,” said Heather. “It’s always nice to support something that’s supported us before.”

The Children’s Wish Foundation grants wishes to children aged three to 17 who have life-threatening illnesses.

“Each wish is unique. Each child gets to pick what their wish it and it can be anywhere from a trip to a tent trailer to a playhouse, a stereo system. It’s whatever the child can imagine,” said Heather.

“There were children that wanted to go play with the NHL team. They’ve got the teams together and they go practice with the team and drop the puck,” added Jeff. “Basically if the kids can dream it, they can do it.”

Last year the Saskatchewan chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation granted a record of 70 wishes.

Event co-organizer Shawn Humenick said in 2013, Southland Roofing raised $12,500 and $10,000 of that was through the charity golf classic. He was hoping to “blow that away” this year.

“The money’s getting put to good use and it’s local. It stays in Saskatchewan. So it’s a very real effect,” he said.

He added Southland Roofing also holds other events in the year to support the foundation.

“We know some people who’ve been involved with it as recipients,” said Humenick. “It’s just a fantastic foundation. They take care of their priorities and do terrific work.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Wish Foundation, Southland Roofing, Lynbrook Golf and Country Club NHL

Geographic location: Orlando, Saskatchewan

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