Under the guise of a fake photoshoot, all three hosts from SICKBOY shocked Charmaine and her 11 year old daughter Rory, with the news that they would be the first official recipients of the SICKBOY WISH FUND.
TORONTO, ON – July 11 – Wishes do come true, when you care. Thanks to the makers of the Canadian Sickboy Podcast; in early July they surprised Charmaine Wilson, 46, and Rory Wilson,11, with an African Safari trip, making them the first recipients of the Sickboy Wish Fund. Charmaine was diagnosed with brain cancer in December of 2017, and had previously appeared on the podcast with hosts Jeremie Saunders, Brian Stever, and Taylor MacGillivary.
The Sickboy Podcast began three years ago and continues as a weekly show sharing hilarious and insightful stories, while breaking down the stigma associated with illness and disease. Guests apply to be on the show via sickboypodcast.com to talk about these issues from a personal perspective. Charmaine had applied to be on the Sickboy podcast earlier this year and was chosen as a guest. Her episode, #126, aired in February of 2018. Around that time, Wilson decided to go through a twenty-seven day cycle of radiation; but chose to forgo chemotherapy in hopes of travelling with her daughter. She shared her dreams on how she will move forward with brain cancer:
“We are going to spend our time learning how to be kind to ourselves and to others and making life about the important stuff. Music, animals, and for Rory; navigating this world and being a warrior that stands up for what she believes in. We want to spend time advocating for children’s support groups. A place where kids have a voice with other kids to talk about their loved ones with brain tumours and cancer. So they know they aren’t alone and it’s okay to talk about it and it’s okay when people die. It’s okay.”
The Sickboy Wish Fund originated after host Jeremie Saunders, who currently lives with Cystic Fibrosis, decided he wanted to give back.
“In 2002 I was offered one wish. A chance to have whatever I wanted. Carte Blanche,” says Saunders. “What did I wish for? A shopping spree at the local Halifax mall! It was a big regret. So, for my 30th birthday I decided I wanted to make up for that lifelong regret by granting one wish to someone else”.
The Sickboy Wish Fund has raised over $25,000 since January and has a selection committee in place. Though the news was delivered to Charmaine and Rory by the Sickboy hosts, they are not part of the selection committee. According to Saunders:
“Since the inception of Sickboy Podcast we’ve had over 150 conversations with people living with various life changing illnesses. Many of the nominations for the Sickboy Wish Fund were past guests on Sickboy Podcast. So to remove our bias from the selection, we put together a committee of people whose values reflect those of the Podcast and gave them the daunting task of selecting one recipient of the very first SickWish. Through the episode we recorded with Charmaine we learned that she’s an incredibly deserving and exceptional human being. We could not be more thrilled to present her with her wish.”
Candidates can nominate themselves or can be nominated by a loved one online at sickboypodcast.com/wish.
Entertainment One’s Sickboy Podcast originated from the deep friendship between the hosts, recognizing that when faced with difficult situations, illnesses and diseases, people tighten up, get awkward, and simply don’t know what to say. Taking the lead from Jeremie’s lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the boys help people understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease, and life is simply to talk and to laugh.
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Listen to Charmaine’s episode at Sickboy Podcasts (Episode 126).