Knives sold to raise money for sick teen’s dream trip
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
A local family has been granted the wish of a lifetime thanks to a class of business students at the University of Calgary.
A group of students in the Haskayne School of Business raised more than $21,000 toward sending a 17-year-old Children’s Wish Foundation youngster and his family on a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand.
For nine years Trevor Penner has suffered from a rare immunodeficiency disorder that attacks his body, and his one wish was to go to New Zealand to see the All Blacks rugby team play.
“I think it’s going to be really cool and I’m really excited. It’s very generous for people like that to give kids like me this kind of opportunity,” he said, referring to the university students who made it possible for him to go to New Zealand.
The Haskayne students worked as a class to sell high-quality knives through Vector Marketing and Cutco Corporation to raise the money to donate to the Children’s Wish Foundation, which in turn set Penner’s family up with the week vacation.
Penner’s mother, Pam Egert, was overcome with emotion and expressed her thanks to the students and organizations who came together to make the trip possible.
“The hardest part as a parent is accepting that you have a child this sick and who qualifies as a wish child. As a parent it is bittersweet. But I don’t think anyone knows how much this trip means to us,” Egert told Metro.
“It means one week of no worries, no doctors, no needles, and no stress. We get to be a family and forget all of our worries.”
Haskayne Professor Derek Hassay and his students presented the cheque for $21,093 to the Children’s Wish Foundation, Penner and his mother yesterday at the University of Calgary.