Fort Fire Department delivers puppy surprise to local child

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You could say she was blown away.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation has partnered with the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department (FSFD) to bring a special surprise to a local girl.

Six-year-old Cecily Kalyn had her first surgery when she was just one day old. At two weeks old, she was placed on ECMO heart and lung support. At 10 weeks, she received a heart transplant. To date, she has had surgeries, seven heart procedures, six unscheduled hospitalizations and spent more than 160 days in hospital, including five days on life support.

On December 28, the FSFD teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Alberta to surprise Cecily with a new French Bulldog puppy “Frenchie”.

“Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children who are diagnosed with a serious illness, so we hope we provide them with this life-changing wish experience to help them fight their illness harder, explained Aissa Briones. , Senior Director of the Northern Alberta Make-A-Wish Foundation Northern Alberta.

Six-year-old Cecily Kalyn was very happy to receive her new puppy, Max, at the Fort Saskatchewan <a class=Fire Hall on December 28. Photo courtesy of A. Keen Photography” class=”embedded-image__image lazyload” src=”″ srcset=”, 2x” height=”500″ loading=”lazy” width=”700″/>
Six-year-old Cecily Kalyn was very happy to receive her new puppy, Max, at the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Hall on December 28. Photo courtesy of A. Keen Photography

The pup was delivered from Saskatchewan, in partnership with New Horizon Frenchies. The surprise was made possible through partnerships with Straightline Chrysler, the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department, New Horizons Frenchies and the Northern Alberta Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Cecily is a spunky six-year-old girl who loves to dance and sing. But you would never know she was born with a very medically complex baby,” FSFD said online. “Cecily’s wish was to have a puppy and for the firefighters to drop him off. Puppies and fire trucks are two of his favorite things.

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Photo courtesy of A. Keen Photography.

Cecily’s first wish was to visit DisneyWorld, however, due to the coronavirus, the team decided that a puppy would be the next best option.

“It took time to realize this wish. Her first wish was to go to DisneyWorld, but with the world as it is, that wasn’t possible, so we decided to surprise her with a puppy, something she’s been asking for for a few years,” explained Candice, Cecily’s mother.

Photo courtesy of A. Keen Photography.
Photo courtesy of A. Keen Photography.

Candice Kalyn has been a strong health advocate for several years following her daughter’s health complications. In May 2020, Candice led an online movement, using the hashtag #patientsforabdocs, in honor of her daughter.

Cecily was delighted with her surprise and named her new best friend Max.

“What an incredible experience we had. Thank you to everyone who helped make this day so special! We are still so thrilled with all the excitement! Candice posted on social media.

Readers can follow Cecily and Max on the puppy’s new Instagram page: @frenchietothemax.

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