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
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
#COVID19 was officially declared a pandemic one year ago today. It has taken a heavy toll on all of us. Today, we express condolences to all who have lost family and friends to COVID-19. We also acknowledge those who have mourned alone, cancelled their plans, or felt isolated during this difficult time.

#InThisTogether #MelaniesWay #Wish #Pandemic #COVID19 #notravel
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Mélanie's Way
Thank you Emily. Your birthday fundraiser raised enough money to help us grant a portion of a wish and we are incredibly grateful. THANK YOU 🤗

Birthday fundraisers are a great way to raise both money and awareness for a cause that is near and dear to you. When you choose to create a birthday fundraiser for Mélanie’s Way you are helping create lasting memories for a young women with metastatic or relapse cancer and that everyone at Mélanie’s Way is incredibly grateful for your generosity.


#thankyou #birthday #melaniesway #wish #FUcancer #charity #birthdayfundraiser
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Mélanie's Way
From Rob Chalmers:

Today (and every day) I am celebrating Mélanie Chalmers, who would have turned 45 this year.
Thinking about Mel’s birthday, I went through a lot of pictures and soaked in their associated memories, and it was a reminder of how fortunate I am to have shared a life with her. In our short time together, we shared so many ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences…and I wanted to share a couple from her birthday week in 2008:

1. Mel having her birthday cake – a ‘bush cake’ prepared on a barbeque, whilst we camped on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Serengeti. (her first bush cake, and last gluten-containing cake, I think!)

2. The two of us about a week later, on on of our single best travel days, deep in the jungle on the side of a volcano in Rwanda, visiting gorillas.

She is so happy in these moments – and I am so grateful to have shared them with her.

To all of those who loved – and continue to be inspired by Mel – I hope you all take a moment today to reflect on an experience you shared with her.

#melaniesway #happybirthday #travel #imissyou
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
Wishing Mélanie Chalmers the inspiration behind Mélanie’s Way a Happy Birthday!

It has been over 5-years since we lost our precious friend however she will never be forgotten. Mel’s fearlessness, strength and zest for life will forever be cherished in our amazing memories of her as well as the Mélanie’s Way wishes that are granted. Mel felt fortunate to have the means to experience all that she did so I know she would be extremely proud of Rob, her family and the Mélanie’s Way team on how they have carried on her legacy.

Happy Birthday Mel, I am truly blessed and grateful for the time I had with you…just wish it was longer. Miss you like crazy my friend, you’ll always be in my heart and memories. xo

🖊️ Written by: Sue Urbanski (dear friend of Mel)

📷 Photo: Sue (left) and Mel (right)

#HappyBirthday #NeverForgotten #MélaniesWay #Memories #Wish #NameSake #CanadianCharity #FUcancer #WeMissYou #Friend

Our impact

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


Read our annual report!

To read more about the impact you’ve enabled in 2019, 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: