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Edmonton teen's wish to visit her Ethiopian "sister" comes true

April 3rd, 2017

A wish granted: Edmonton teen and her Ethiopian “sister” meet for the first time

Isabel Schuppli, 18, is just back from visiting the child her family has sponsored for five years 

EDMONTON, Alberta (Apr. 3, 2017)—One girl lives in Canada; the other lives in Ethiopia. Now, the two teens have met face-to-face for the first time, thanks to a wish born of generosity. 

Edmonton’s Isabel Schuppli, 18, was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, when doctors found a lump on her thyroid. During treatment following surgery to remove her thyroid, Isabel had to spend a week in her family’s basement with no human contact, to prevent others from being exposed to radiation. She kept the whole experience a secret, out of concern that her friends might worry. “It was pretty challenging,” Isabel says. “But it was okay. It was like an extra week of Spring break—just by myself.” Now, Isabel is thankful to be cancer-free, and she enjoys playing a digital piano and reading when she is not busy with Grade 12 studies. 

When Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada heard about Isabel’s illness and determined her eligibility, they approached her to share her ideas for a heartfelt wish. Isabel asked to meet the child her family has sponsored for almost five years through Compassion Canada, Kidist Meskele. Kidist is the same age as Isabel (she turns 18 in October), and the Schuppli family considers her to be an honourary member of their family. Over the years, they have sent letters, photos and birthday gifts to Kidist. 

Isabel and her family—mom Julia, dad James and sister Vanessa, 16—travelled to Hawassa, Ethiopia, last week to spend two full days with Kidist. Rebecca Trask, Compassion’s Edmonton representative, says, “Sponsored children treasure every letter they get. It means so much to know that someone cares about them. But to actually meet that person from a faraway place who encourages and supports you through difficult circumstances­—it’s a dream come true for both Isabel and Kidist, thanks to Children’s Wish." 

 

 

About Compassion Canada

Compassion Canada has worked with churches overseas to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name for more than 50 years. The global child development organization is linked with more than 7,000 churches in 25 countries and reaches nearly two million children and their families. Compassion’s is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. See also www.compassion.ca. 

About Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to nearly 25,000 children and their families. See www.childrenswish.ca

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