When I lost my son Justin, I told myself that I wanted to do something to make a difference in the lives of other grieving parents. When my father was diagnosed with cancer two months later, the desire to do something good, to transform all that sadness into something positive, became even greater. Through this website, I want people to know that it’s possible to live again after an ordeal that seems insurmountable.

In this part of the website, you will read about people who are going through or have gone through difficult times. Their stories are posted here in the hopes that they may help heal the wounds of others, and maybe yours too.

If you would like to share your story, please write to info@thebutterflywings.com. We would love to here from you.


During a curettage procedure two months after I had given birth to my daughter, my uterus was punctured. My doctor told me that I would unfortunately no longer be able to conceive. My strong desire to have more than one child brought me to try my luck at getting pregnant right away. Lo and behold, I became pregnant when my daughter was only three months old. I had beaten the odds and was in seventh heaven!


But my luck quickly ran out… During my 14th week of pregnancy, I started leaking amniotic fluid until my 24th or 26th week. Every visit to the doctor was shear misery as the same heart-wrenching words were repeated over and over: “Be prepared. You are going to lose your baby.” I was however determined to have that baby; it was what I...

My name is Ashley Dickinson and I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of seven. This came as quite a shock, as I was a very ordinary, playful child until I began experiencing a variety of symptoms. After several visits to my doctor, I was referred to a paediatrician, and after two days of testing I was diagnosed with cancer.

As a young child, I was not fully aware of the severity of my illness; however, I soon realized that I had more than just a common flu. I had just started the second grade, but my life was about to change drastically. I spent a great deal of time in the hospital, especially during the first year of treatment but with the help of my parents and tutors, I was able to stay at my grade level in school. My day to day routine had completely...

On that day, the sun was shining through a deep blue sky. It was the beginning of summer and my belly was getting rounder. As this was my second pregnancy, I was more familiar with the baby’s movements. I found that the baby was moving a lot, and I had the strange feeling that he was moving from one side of my belly to the other quite quickly or that he was already a big baby, maybe even a bit too big.

My husband and I were sitting in the room where we would get to see our baby for the first time. We could feel the excitement in the air. The technician came into the room. She placed the probe on my belly and then took it away quickly, asking us if this was our first ultrasound. Jokingly, trying to relax the atmosphere, my husband asked: “Are there two babies in there?” “Yes,”...

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Every year, we search for new projects to raise funds for the foundation, but we want those projects to have a meaning. That's how "Let the Butterflies Speak" was born. 

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Your donations go towards helping people with cancer and babies born prematurely. Once a year, donations are made to the Tree of Hope Campaign (Dr.-Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital Foundation) as well as to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Moncton Hospital (Friends of the Moncton Hospital...

Thanks to the generosity of our many donors, we've raised a little over $80,000 since 2011. Our fundraising goal for 2015 is $40,000.  You can contribute now by clicking here.