Caitlin won that fight and in August 2015 was granted a wish
from the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Her initial thoughts were to go to Nashville. However, she decided
on a vacation in sunny Jamaica.
Caitlin felt that the trip would be an opportunity of a lifetime,
not only for her but for her brother Gregory, who was 16 years old when the
family headed Jamaica in 2016.
“It has always been Gregory's wish to swim with the dolphins.”
For, Caitlin, the trip was a gift from her to her younger
“Being born with a life threatening illness … growing up all
the attention was always focused on making sure I was doing okay and I was being
the healthiest I could be. Meanwhile, all these trips to Montreal were quite
costly therefore Gregory couldn't come,” she told those attending the gala.
Caitlin said her brother often felt left out when their
parents (Julie and Paul Hoskins) focused on her needs.
“So, I wanted to give Gregory something that he had always
wanted and that was to swim with the dolphins - to let him live in the moment,”
The trip was a memorable experience for the entire family,
“The look on Gregory's face when the dolphins lifted him out
of the water made me so happy on the inside. Best of all, I got to share this
whole experience with my family.”
Caitlin went on to thank her sponsor, Ernst & Young, for
making her wish come true.
“On behalf of the
sick children and their families, I give a sincere thank you to all the
volunteers, sponsors, and coordinators of the foundation. Without a team like
you, wishes would not be granted. Hats off to everyone,” she said as she ended
Emerald Gala raises $70,000 for more wishes
March is Children’s Wish Month.
The success of this year’s
Emerald Gala of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
means many more children will have their wishes granted.
“The Emerald Gala was a successful evening
and, in spite of the category 2 hurricane that threatened to cancel our event, we
still managed to raise just over $70,000 to grant wishes,” said Edie Newton,
provincial director of the NL Chapter.
The Children’s Wish Foundation
grants wishes to children with a life-threatening, complex genetic or
noted a 2017 Children’s Wish Impact Study reveals that
wishes have a positive and lasting impact on wish children and their families,
beyond the experience of the actual wish.
Wishes help to aid the overall healing
process, provide a distraction that helps children cope with the emotional and
physical stress of treatment, improve family cohesion, and inspire wish children
in long-lasting ways, she said.
Newton thanked Caitlin Hoskins for sharing her
inspirational story at this year’s gala. She also gave accolades to Emcee John
Sheehan and the well-known band The Once for providing entertainment.
For more about the Children’s Wish Foundation,
or call: 709-739-9474