Heather & Hans Pedersen: Living a Legacy

By Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon

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A few years ago, we shared the story of Heather and Hans Pedersen. 2016 marks the 30th year the Pedersens have been making a difference at Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. Their story began in 1986 after their daughter, Jennifer, had her wish to go to Disneyland to meet Mickey Mouse granted by Make-A-Wish.

“We were so lucky to see a smile on her face,” says Heather. “Her smile had faded with all the pokes and medicine; it was nice to get away from the hospitals and doctors.”

Sadly, Jennifer lost her battle with cancer a week after her wish. Even today, her family still fondly remembers the trip to Disneyland. 
“We were so touched by our experience.”  

Heather, Hans and other family members have been living a legacy for Make-A-Wish ever since.    

Over the years, Heather and Hans have done many things with Make-A-Wish, from interviewing wish kids, to tending information booths for Make-A-Wish at golf tournaments, and every imaginable thing in between. 

Volunteering is only part of their story.

The Pedersens will continue to volunteer for Make-A-Wish, helping where and when needed, but their legacy of giving also involves donating shares each holiday season to the Adopt-A-Wish program at Make-A-Wish.    

“Seeing all the happy faces. This is what it is all about,” says Hans.

Today, Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon continues to put smiles on kids’ faces. To read about a recent wish child—six year-old Esme--and her wish experience, and to learn about different ways you can leave a legacy such as a bequest in your will for other kids living with life-threatening medical conditions, please visit https://makeawishbc.ca/esme-legacy.

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