FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Adaura Cayford’s mother is determined to keep her daughter’s memory alive and has officially registered Adaura’s Wish Foundation in her honour to help other children struggling with illness or disabilities, and their families.
Isabelle Cayford says her family decided they wanted to do something to build onto Adaura’s legacy after the 9-year-old passed away in 2020 following a battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable and fatal brain tumour found in children.
After sponsoring a family this past Christmas, the family knew they were ready to launch the foundation.
“We have been working on starting her foundation since Christmas, and last week we got approved for her name and everything. So now we have a certificate, and we’re ready to launch this idea,” Cayford said.
She added that Adaura was passionate about helping others and went out of her way to support those who were struggling.
“I remember the Christmas before she passed away, one of her friends was having a hard time, and she said, mommy, can we just send them money for their hydro?” Cayford recalled.
The Cayfords then called B.C. Hydro and put a credit on the friend’s family’s account.
“I just thought it was so cool coming up from my little eight-year-old. I said, of course, we can help. She was so proud, and I don’t think that the family ever knew it was us,” Cayford said
Adaura’s Wish Foundation recently completed renovations for a family in need as well.
In the future, the foundation plans to complete more projects to assist families throughout B.C. with children who are struggling with disabilities or illness.
The family plans to sell bracelets and host a barbecue in the summer to raise funds for future projects.
Those who need support or those who wish to donate to the foundation can email email@example.com.