The Karim Cookie Fund: A Canuck Place child’s legacy
At Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the length of time a person has to live has little bearing on the legacy they leave behind. Karim Webber was just three-and-a-half years old when he passed away at Canuck Place, but his presence will be felt here for many years to come. In honour of their son’s memory, Eric Webber and Farah Valimohamed set up the Karim Cookie Fund, an endowment fund that has raised over $31,000 to date for Canuck Place.
In 2009, Karim was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that typically affects children younger than five. After successive attempts to treat his disease had failed, Karim was referred to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
“As his pain became increasingly difficult to manage at home, the physicians at Canuck Place arranged for Karim to be admitted to the hospice,” said Eric and Farah. “What started as a one or two day visit to manage pain, turned into more than eight weeks at Canuck Place. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice became our second home, and along with our older son Rahim, we stayed there with Karim.
“All the staff were amazing, and Karim developed special relationships with many of them. Karim’s time at Canuck Place was mostly very happy, with many wonderful memories, whether it was baking cookies and making pizza in the kitchen with the chefs, helping at the reception desk, spending time with Poppy the therapy dog, attending a special preschool program set up for him by the Recreation Therapists and volunteers, or sitting at the kids’ counter reading a book or eating dinner with the nurses.”
It was Karim’s love of the kitchen, and, of course, the famous Canuck Place cookies, that inspired Eric and Farah to start the Karim Cookie Fund. Through this endowment fund and the support of a caring Canuck Place community, Karim’s family and friends continue to remember him and build his legacy, while helping the place that provided care for Karim’s whole family through support for cookie-making and other project recommendations to benefit the kitchen.
“If it weren’t for supporters like you and the special service that Canuck Place provides, Karim would have had to spend his last two months confined to a bed in an Intensive Care Unit,” said Eric and Farah. “But it wasn’t only Karim that Canuck Place took care of. They also cared for our whole family. Counsellors and social workers were always available whenever we needed to talk. And what is truly wonderful is that they continue to support us, even now that Karim is no longer here. We are very grateful to everyone at Canuck Place for all they have done and continue to do for us and for so many children and families – they really do bring light into our lives.”
“Your fundraising efforts provide services that are not available anywhere else and cannot be measured in dollars. We have happy memories and experiences to look back on because of the richness of Karim’s and our experience at Canuck Place.”
To donate to the Karim Cookie Fund, please click here.