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.  

Facebook's latest

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
Have you read the Globe and Mail’s article, “The loneliness of fighting cancer in a pandemic”?

It’s a great article interviewing the same person who once wrote “I want to go to Rome and eat my weight in pasta and pastries” in a wish application.

If you want to learn more about one of the incredible women we serve and her experience during COVID, including a cancelled wish, we encourage you to read and share this article.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-the-loneliness-of-fighting-cancer-in-a-pandemic/

To learn even more about the women we serve, the wishes we’ve granted, and how you can help check out our website 👇

https://www.melaniesway.com/
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
This year (2020) Mélanie’s Way cancelled more wishes than we granted. Among those cancelled wishes was Jamie’s wish for a 3-week trip to Italy with her husband.

In the Globe and Mail’s article, The loneliness of fighting cancer in a pandemic, Jamie shares her perspective on COVID-19 as someone living with stage-4 cancer. It’s an important article that we hope you will read, consider and share with your loved ones.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-the-loneliness-of-fighting-cancer-in-a-pandemic/

🇮🇹 AND Jamie, we haven’t forgotten about you. We have a set of plane tickets (and more) with your name on them and we promise if we can’t safely get you to Italy we will find a way to bring Italy to you.
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
Thank you Keltie Stewart for your amazing support! An impressive array of angels!
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
Merry Christmas from everyone at Mélanie’s Way!🎄⛄
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
Our co-founder Rob Chalmers has started our “Angels for Mélanie’s Way” campaign by diving into the snow! Please join us in creating moments of joy (and silliness!), and please consider including us in your holiday giving.
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
Mélanie's Way
I challenge the volunteers and supporters of Mélanie’s Way to make their own ‘Angels for MW’ – and to include our charity in your holiday giving!
Mélanie's Way
Rob
Snow Angels for Mélanie’s Way! I challenge Robin Quelhas, Amanda Chalmers, Luciano Borsato, Jean-Louis Schryburt, Claire Robert, Martin Schryburt, Amy Hao, Laurie-Ann McGrath, and Dona Fitzgerald to make a snow angel and include Mélanie’s Way in their end of year giving.

Our impact

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

the_tastehacker2_005ca6da-de2c-4a66-98c5-b139f1ebf6a8_480x480

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: