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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Tysen Lefebvre

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Tysen is a 16-year-old boy who has had a difficult start in life. He was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, which is a rare genetic disorder affecting the skull, facial features, and limbs. This disorder, however, does not slow Tysen down. Five years ago he was granted a wish from Make a Wish and got to meet Adam Sandler. After seeing the amazing work Adam did with charities, Tysen decided he could also pay it forward. He decided to launch a campaign, Tysen's Mission to a Million, to raise one million dollars for Make a Wish Eastern Ontario, so that 100 kids could feel the joy he did and help them forget any health issues they may have. What was unique in his idea is that he involved the community, especially kids in and around Ottawa, to join his team and help him raise money.

Businesses around Ottawa put on golf tournaments, comedy shows, and 24 hour hockey games, to help Tysen raise money. He has currently adopted 60 wishes and has raised over $600,000. Tysen has a ‘can do anything and everything’ kind of attitude that has led him to have such a huge success in his mission. His motto is "Dream big or go home" which he lives every day.

"I'm so excited to be chosen as one of Shaw's 50 Outstanding Canadians,” says Tysen. “I am hoping it will raise awareness and recognition to the Make a Wish Foundation and Tysen's Mission to a Million so no child ever has to wait for a wish.”