CJAY 92 Kids Fund

CJAY 92 Kids FundThe CJAY 92 Kid's Fund was created in 2000 with a mandate to assist less fortunate families and their children in and around the Calgary area.  

The CJAY 92 Kids Fund is unlike most other charities.  Every Friday during the year, you can tune into CJAY 92 and listen to the very real story of regular local families who are dealing with unexpected tragedies and exactly how we are able to help them through the Gerry Forbes Secret Wish.  During the holidays, as needs increase, the Kids Fund steps up and does one or two Secret Wishes every day on the air, and over 50 Secret Wishes off the air.  Each family, depending on their circumstances, generally receives various gift cards worth approximately $800, toys for their children and $1,000 in cash.  The purpose of telling these stories on the radio is not to exploit or embarrass the families - but to give people the opportunity to understand the plight of our neighbors and know exactly where their donations are going.  Every penny that is raised is donated directly back to our Secret Wish families and kids.  
The families are selected from dozens of nominations that we receive each week, and are typically dealing with a variety of unforeseeable problems, including severe financial issues, serious illnesses, rare medical  conditions, and too often - terminal diseases.  The Kids Fund therefore has the opportunity to fight on behalf of many different causes.  
Although to a lot of people, receiving a cheque for $1,000 would come as a pleasant surprise - some cash to throw on your credit card, or put towards your next vacation - for our Gerry Forbes Secret Wish families, $1,000 can mean the difference between paying rent or living on the street, feeding your children or relying on food kitchens, and even purchasing life-saving medications or just crossing your fingers and praying.  The CJAY 92 Kids Fund is what people can turn to when they can no longer access the food bank, or when they are waiting for insurance to kick in, and especially when there is nobody left to turn to at all.  The money and gift cards that we provide for families buys them time.
We have also donated directly to other local charities and causes, and we have delivered gifts and hope to dozens of children spending Christmas in the hospital alone without their families around.  Just a few of our Gerry Forbes Secret Wish stories include a little 8 year old boy with a terminal brain tumor who’s family needed accommodations near the hospital over Christmas, an adorable 3 year old with a deformed heart who really needed some special medical equipment, and that of a young father who passed away on his way home after graduating from the EMT course and didn’t have any life insurance.  We have also fulfilled the dying wish of a young mother with cancer to take her children to Banff for lunch in a limousine, just a few days before she passed.  We helped pay for an honor roll student to travel to a third world country to build a school after her parents were both laid off and were no longer able to pay for the trip themselves.  We got special tickets to a Calgary Flames game for a young kid who was about to go blind.  We have donated vehicles to families without transportation so they can safely take their children to regular specialist appointments when infection and immune systems are at risk.  Sadly, we have also contributed funding for the funerals of some of our Secret Wish parents and children.
The CJAY 92 Kids Fund and Gerry Forbes Secret Wish are possible because of the generous community that we live in.  All of our donations come from listeners who are touched by the stories they hear on the radio and companies and individuals who put together fundraisers for us.  It is more of an inspirational “movement” than a charity - It is about helping our neighbors and paying it forward.  The supporters of the CJAY 92 Kids Fund have literally changed the lives of many Calgarians because of their kind hearts and giving nature.  From the bottom of our hearts – THANK YOU.

If you would like to make a donation to the CJAY 92 Kids Fund, please email us below.

If you would like to nominate a family for the Gerry Forbes Secret Wish, please fill out the nomination form HERE.

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A sampling of the Thank-You’s we’ve received from the Secret Wish:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so very, very much for the wonderful gifts you brought me this morning.  This has been such a tremendously difficult journey for me and my son over the past few months and just when I thought it was coming to an end, and we could get back to a normal life, I learn I have more hospitals, more chemo and more mountains to overcome down the road.  As a single parent I'm used to dealing with things that just "pop up".  I would dig a hole under, climb over or find away around it.  Unfortunately, cancer isn't like that, I actually have to go "through" this one and that's very hard for me to wrap my mind around. Starting Monday, September 12, I will be admitted to hospital for the week for aggressive chemo treatments as well as the 12th of every month thereafter for 6 months.  
I believe everyone has a monster.  For some it's diabetes, others have heart problems and my monster is cancer. I've never been afraid of it just annoyed, frustrated and angry with the inconvenience it has caused in my life right now.  I'm the only person in the world my son has (besides my brother) and I am fighting this battle for him.  He still needs his mom right now and I still have too much stuff that needs done.
Thank you all for caring, loving, giving, praying and hoping!!!  Cuz, when all is said and done, that’s all that really matters.
-Kim (Secret Wish Mom)

Thanks so much for making us one of your Christmas Wish families!  You have no idea how much of an impact the new intercom has made in our world!  It is such a relief to be able to monitor my daughter’s seizures from anywhere in the house!  The kids are still enjoying the gifts you brought them and I was able to put the cash and gift cards to good use, and we had a holiday season we will always remember!
-Paula (Secret Wish Mom)

Thank you so much for the gifts that you gave our family.  We were and still are overwhelmed by your kindness and generousity.  What a huge blessing that was to us.  The toys you brought are very special to the kids.  I cannot tell you much the gift certificates and money have helped.  They are awesome.  Just wanted to say a very big thank you and let you know what a blessing you are to us.
-Clare (Secret Wish Mom)

You and your company’s kindness have touched our hearts and given us strength to go forward with hope and a sense of renewal.
-Harold (Secret Wish Dad)

My sister called me this afternoon, her voice full of relief as she told me about the “anonymous” nomination she received through your radio station.  She is thrilled to have been thought of – even though she doesn’t know who it was!
-Lisa (Secret Wish Nominator)

I just wanted to encourage you all on your path to love those in the low places in life.  I can only imagine the hand-up you’ve all been to those who needed that little extra inspiration to keep going.  I know I’m not alone when I say Calgary wouldn’t be the same without you.  
-Anonymous (Listener)

Our family was granted a Wish in memory of my husband.  He had a brain tumor and passed away in January.  Our son is still battling liver cancer as well.  The gift cards and money that you gave us is helping more than you could ever know.  We are so thankful to everyone that made this possible.  We are truly grateful and thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
-Bernadette (Secret Wish Mom)