Our Supporters


Thank you to the Healthcare and Municipal Employees Credit Union in Brantford for their donation of $1,190.

Everlee accepted this donation from Melissa Kaczur from the HMECU. Melissa’s daughter is a HACS alumni.

On November 17th  Everlee Watson visited the UCDA (Used Car Dealers Association) to deliver a thank you plaque on behalf of Help A Child Smile. Everlee Watson is a childhood cancer survivor and boy does she smile.

She has a good deal going on in her life that has nothing to do with cancer, because she is now cancer-free. Diagnosed at 4, two and half years of treatments later, she finally has a clean bill of health.

Now 11 years old, Everlee does not have to think about hospitals and treatments now. Instead she thinks about her favorite sports, her art and her beautiful horse, Dolly. She loves to ride that horse, even though it’s getting a little fat!

Giving back is the legacy of Everlee’s journey to health. Her whole family want to thank the McMaster Children’s Hospital and the UCDA, but it does not stop there.  Everlee’s grandmother, Ramona Durkin, is now the Treasurer of the charity that helped them all those years ago, Help a Child Smile, and her mother is a VP of the same organization.

Every week brings new families in need of help as their personal journeys fighting childhood cancer begins – and we all want them to know – they are not alone.

Pictured, from left, Steve Peck, President of the UCDA, Everlee Watson, Ramona Durkin and James Hamilton, Interim Manager and Legal Services Director, UCDA.



The Brantford Knights recently held an all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser on our behalf.  Santa and Mrs. Claus took time out of their busy schedules to drop in and have their pictures taken with the kids (big ones and little ones) after breakfast.  The proceeds from the breakfast were a whopping $2800 and another $261 in donations was added to that for pictures with Santa and the Mrs.

ABATE 8 held their 7th annual poker run fundraiser in September.  The participation was awesome and they raised even more this year than any previous ride.   Beth Walsh and Joyce Hutson were thrilled to accept a cheque for $8600 from the members!

The Erie Shores Chapter 129 held their Annual Poker Run in support of Help A Child Smile on Saturday, July 15. Riders enjoyed a wonderful day and the ride raised around $7,000 for Help A Child Smile. Thank you to the Erie Shores Chapter 129 for their continued support of Help A Child Smile.

The Brantford Area Jeep & Off Road Club showed their support to Help A Child Smile with a $5,000 donation from their members! Thank you so much for supporting Help A Child Smile.

Thank you to Dante Lodge No. 19 in Welland for collecting donations from the Children’s Chirstmas Party and matching them.

Big Thanks goes out to President Lina Borreiti, Elsa D’Innocenzo, Amy LeDonne ,  Albert Longo, Carlo Esposito

and all the members of Dante Lodge

Shown in Picture Elsa D’Innocenzo, Amy LeDonne, Margaret ( Peggy) Charron 

In the town of Ancaster, there’s a special story about two kind-hearted kids named Josie and Ace Travis. They wanted to do something really nice to remember a dear family friend who had passed away. So, they came up with a wonderful idea – a lemonade stand! It’s not just any stand, though. It’s a way to show how much they cared about their friend. They made a sign that said, “Lemonade for a Cause,” and the word spread all around their close-knit community. People from all over, including neighbors, friends, and even some they didn’t know, came to support their heartfelt mission. Under the hot sun, with pitchers of lemonade being poured and poured again, something amazing happened. A long line of eager customers formed, and each person was touched by Josie and Ace’s caring efforts. With hard work and the kindness of their customers, the Travis siblings collected an incredible $500. 

Thank you to The Glass Slipper Company for selecting Help A Child Smile as the beneficiary for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Ball held on New Year’s Eve. Cinderella presented a $2,500 cheque to Help A Child Smile.

Tara and Chloe Hutson accepted the cheque on behalf of Help A Child Smile. Chloe is holding a picture of her late sister, Caitlin.