It was a great day at TransCanada when a seven-year-old Calgary girl, recovering from brain surgery, got to meet the Keystone team members who came together to help make her wish come true — a cruise where she can meet her favourite Disney characters.
Siann is an outgoing and energetic youngster who loves music, dance, art and anything that lets her use her creativity and imagination. Three years ago, Siann began having frequent and uncontrolled seizures, which impacted her ability to attend school. She was required to wear a football helmet to protect her from falls as the seizures progressed. Siann was diagnosed with Rasmussen’s encephalitis, a rare inflammatory neurological disease. After several medications failed to bring her seizures under control, doctors decided that the only option was to conduct a hemispherectomy, a procedure where one cerebral hemisphere of the brain is removed or disabled.
Siann woke from the surgery paralyzed on her right side and had to re-learn how to walk, talk, chew and swallow. She continues to improve daily, but her right arm is permanently paralyzed and she suffers from delays in her speech. Throughout her recovery, Siann has wished for a Disney Cruise where she can meet all of her favourite Disney princesses.
Working with Children’s Wish Foundation, TransCanada’s Keystone Projects team in Calgary united to raise the necessary funds to enable Siann to fulfill her wish, and enough cash to fulfill a second child’s dream as well. Health permitting, Siann and her family will set sail next year.