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Run for the Wish HMCS Halifax crewmembers reach Yarmouth

Run for the Wish crewmembers from HMCS Halifax pose with wish children Hunter Christie (holding lion) and Nicholas Deveau (holding little girl in front.)
Run for the Wish crewmembers from HMCS Halifax pose with wish children Hunter Christie (holding lion) and Nicholas Deveau (holding little girl in front.)

YARMOUTH - Supper was served to guests that included 12 tired Run for the Wish crewmembers from HMCS Halifax on June 20 at the Yarmouth Legion.

It was a soaker of a run from Digby to Yarmouth. Lieut. Taryn McGillis described it as being “a little wet.”

Petty officer second class Lawrence Suttle was more descriptive.

“It rained, there was sleet, no…. hail, and we had strong headwinds,” he said.

The meal at the end of the run, a long-held tradition by the legion, was a celebration of the team’s achievement and a chance for them to meet two new local wish children and their families. The runners presented the children with stuffed Roary the Lions.

Roary is given to each wish child when his wish is approved. It signifies courage and comfort as they go through hospital ordeals.

The two wishes granted at the dinner were to four-year-old Hunter Christie and to 15-year-old Nicholas Deveau. Both are from the Yarmouth area and both want to go to Disney.

The Canadian Navy has a proud tradition of supporting the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Chapter.

Lieut. Taryn McGillis, with petty officer second class Lawrence Suttle, are two of the HMCS Halifax Run for the Wish crewmembers who arrived in Yarmouth June 20.

For years, members of HMCS Halifax have run across Nova Scotia – from Sydney to Halifax then on to Yarmouth – raising money to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Last year's run raised over $25,000 to grant wishes for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Over the past decade, runners have raised more than $150,000 for the cause.

This year they were running in support of a wish for Gracie Bell of Oromocto, N.B., who has acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

The past success of Run for the Wish is due to the running of an annual golf tournament, local events onboard ship, pledges to participants and the participation and support of companies like Dartmouth Dodge – Home of the Dodge Guys, schools and organizations. The Comfort Inn in Yarmouth donated rooms for the runners.

To donate to HMCS Halifax Run for the Wish, click here.

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