We help young women with metastatic or relapsed cancer.

What is Mélanie's Way?

Mélanie’s Way is a Canadian charity that grants personalized ‘wishes’ to young women with metastatic or relapsed cancer. Our goal is to extend the definition of serving these women beyond the medical arena – to focus on maximizing joy and creating customized experiences and shared memories with their loved ones. 

We help women follow Mélanie’s Way by granting wishes that will create unique, joyful experiences for these women to share with those they will leave behind. 

Mélanie’s Way is run by over 30 volunteers across Canada and serves young women between the ages of 18 and 45 who have metastatic or relapsed cancer (stage 4).

About Mélanie 

Mélanie Chalmers refused to be defined by the cancer that took her life.  Her friends and family remember her not for the way she left us – too young, and too soon – but for the way she shared with us her passion to squeeze the most out of her life.    

Mélanie had the courage to choose the exceptional, and to pursue amazing experiences in the face of great personal cost and risk.  This often meant exploring the far corners of the world, which she continued to do up until her final days.  

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Mélanie's Way

In honour of Mélanie’s inspirational spirit, we have started Mélanie’s Way, an initiative which extends the definition of serving young women with metastatic or relapsed cancer beyond the medical arena – to focus on maximizing joy and creating customized experiences and shared memories with their loved ones. We help women to follow Mélanie’s Way by granting personalized ‘wishes’ that will create unique, joyful experiences for these women to share with those they will leave behind
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Mélanie's Way is celebrating Canada D'eh.
Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

Mélanie’s Way is proudly a Canadian charity.
Created in memory of Mélanie Chalmers, a French Canadian born in Northern Ontario, Mélanie is remembered for how she lived, travelling to 47 countries in 10 years, and not how she died, too young and too soon.

We help young Canadian women to follow Mélanie’s Way by granting personalized ‘wishes’ that will create unique, joyful experiences for these women to share with those they will leave behind.

We have grated 15 wishes and we are proud to have served women from British Columbia to New Brunswick and many places in between.

This Canada Day, we want to thank everyone from across the country who has donated, volunteered, or shared our story. Thank you, we are proud to be a Canadian charity serving Canadian women.

📸 Melanie Chalmers doing a Tough Mudder
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Mélanie's Way is celebrating Fathers' Day.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
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To all the dads, grandpas, great grandpas, stepdads, foster dads, pet dads, dads to be, dads trying to be and any man wearing socks and crocs. We love you. To the dads who have lost a child and are struggling today, we see you and we send you love.

📸Photos from left to right, top to bottom of some of the dads who have been part of our wishes.

🇹🇨 Alyssa’s wish – Turks and Caicos
🇨🇺 Lucia’s wish – Cuba
🇺🇸 Rachel’s wish – California
**last row are wishes “on-hold” due to COVID-19**
🇫🇷 Daisy & family waiting to go to France
🇺🇸 Meredith & family waiting to go to a Seattle Seahawks game
🇭🇷 Vesna & family waiting to go to Croatia

#happyfathersday #weloveyoudad #dad
#wish #MelaniesWay #SocksAndCrocs
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
🎂🎂🎂
We wanted to give a special shout out to our hard working Fairy Godmother Diane because it’s her birthday today!

📸 Photo: Diane on the left with wish recipient Jayda. Jayda wished for a Harry Potter experience in London, and Diane was the fairy godmother who made it happen.

#wish #melaniesway #happybirthday #weloveyou
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way is celebrating Mother's Day.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
🌷🌷🌷

To all the moms, grandmas, great grandmas, stepmoms, foster moms, pet moms, moms to be and moms trying to be. We love you. To those who have lost their moms and are struggling today we see you too and we love you.


📸 Photos from left to right, top to bottom of some of the moms we serve.

🇨🇺 Lucia in Cuba with her daughter
🇹🇨 Alyssa in Turks and Caicos with her son
🇺🇸 Noelle with her mom and 2 daughters in Disney
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Maddie took her mom and sister to Scotland
🇺🇸 Rachel in sunny California with her family
**last row are wishes “on-hold” due to COVID-19**
🇭🇷 Vesna waiting to take her family to Croatia
🇫🇷 Daisy waiting to take her family to France
🇺🇸 Meredith waiting to take her family to a Seattle Seahawks game

#happymothersday #weloveyoumom #mom
#wish #MelaniesWay
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and generosity in response to the need caused by #COVID19. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate the strength of both our wish recipients and our community of supporters. It hasn’t been easy operating during a pandemic, both on an emotional and financial level as we have put wishes on pause. We are looking towards the coming months with hope, and any generosity now will be put towards future wishes as soon as we can resume operations safely. Stay safe everyone!
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
We know that these last few weeks and months in self-isolation have not been easy. The decision to put wishes on hold in light of the current public health crisis was a difficult one to make on many levels. But despite all the chaos, we hope that we can all take the time to have some fun. We sent this scavenger hunt list to our wish recipients and they have sent in some wonderful photos and memories they’ve made together. We wanted to share this with our community too, so you can join in the fun!

What have you been doing to stay positive? Leave a comment below!

Our impact

Learn more about the women we’ve served and the impact our generous donors have enabled us to create.

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Read our annual report!

To read more about the impact you’ve enabled in 2018, read our annual report which contains highlights from our year, and our goals for the year ahead!

Our corporate donors

Corporate partners who have made significant donations to support wishes:

Our Fairy God-Partners 

In-kind contributors who helped make our wishes special: