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
Rob Chalmers
Rob Chalmers
THANK YOU to everyone who supported my birthday fundraiser for Mélanie’s Way! We received almost $2500 in donations through FB (thank you to Dona Fitzgerald, Amanda Chalmers, Kailey Zollinger, Mary-Lee Gilliss, Hsiu-Yan C, Erin Richardson, Sue Urbanski, Ross Jefferson, and Donald J Landry!), and another $2400 in donations straight to www.melaniesway.com (thank you to Tom S. Hsu, Vianna Phillips, George Saltzberg, Genevieve Raby, and few more!).

This brings us pretty close to $5000 – which I said I would match – so our total is $10000…and that means that, together, we are funding a wish for a young woman with terminal cancer!

I can’t think of a better birthday present. My heart is full of gratitude and love. THANK YOU!
Rob Chalmers
Rob Chalmers
It has been six years since the last time I got to celebrate my birthday with Mélanie Chalmers – so this year I thought I would try celebrating it with the whole community of Mélanie’s Way
I am hoping all of my friends and family can help me to make a wish happen for a young woman with metastatic or relapsed cancer – so I WILL MATCH DONATIONS UP TO A TOTAL $5000. Together, we can raise enough to help a young woman with terminal cancer create a wonderful experience to share with her loved ones!
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
Jane Gatcke
Jane Gatcke
Hey, we know those two. That’s our co-founder, Rob, and fairy godmother, Amanda of Mélanie’s Way.

I’m so honoured to volunteer with this organization and help to make wishes of young women with metastatic or relapsed cancer come true.

I was so blessed with the support of Melanie’s Way in February 2020, just before Covid changed the world, when I was able to travel with my family and create loving memories together to last a lifetime, that I am forever grateful for. I am now so fortunate to help other women be granted with their wishes in the days to come.

Please have a read to learn more about this wonderful organization. If you should have any questions, would like to support, or know of a young woman who may wish the support of Melanie’s Way, please be sure to let me know.

#ThankYou to The Globe and Mail for featuring Mélanie’s Way 🤗

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-pitching-in-granting-wishes-to-young-women-with-terminal-cancer/

#TheGlobeandMail #PitchingIn #MélaniesWay #Cancer #Charity #Wish #Sharing #FUcancer #Travel #sharedexperiences
Rob Chalmers
Rob Chalmers
Grateful to Paul Waldie and The Globe and Mail for sharing the Mélanie’s Way story with their audience.
We are humbled by the wave of support – and will channel it to create meaningful experiences for young women with terminal cancer to share with their loved ones.

Thank you as well to Amanda Chalmers for her tireless work as our ‘Chief Fairy Godmother’ (Wish Fulfillment Lead). Creating wish experiences that fit the needs of the families we support is a creative challenge; doing so in the midst of a pandemic is something else.

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 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: