“Together we have written just about 600 letters to help brighten Emma’s spirit this holiday,” says Matthew Shchukovsky, kindergarten teacher at Munden Park and founder of the Words of Hope program. “Throughout the year, we will continue to inspire hope by connecting with other children in need to help show that our community isn’t defined by physical boundaries.”
Emma Mcrae, 5, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in October 2011. This year marks her first year of school. She continues to be treated for the disease and is presently undergoing chemotherapy at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, N.S. and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
The Words of Hope program is run by Toronto-based organization, Show Your Strength. The organization provides tangible ways for students to show support for children and youth facing pediatric illnesses. For more information about the Words of Hope program, visit http://www.showyourstrength.org/