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
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re remembering our namesake, Mélanie Chalmers. The joy she squeezed out of life after her diagnosis inspired – and continues to inspire – our ongoing mission to create moments of joy for young women with metastatic cancer and make lasting memories for their loved ones. We miss you, Mélanie. #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth
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Mélanie's Way
One of our ‘Wish Recipients in Waiting’ shares her journey and the powerful way in which she’s documenting it. #MostBeautifulCollaboration #rethinkmbc
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Mélanie's Way
We are so thankful for our dedicated volunteers, generous donors and helpful partners. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do. This Thanksgiving, we wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday. #happythanksgiving
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Mélanie's Way
Thank you to the lovely owners, Jennifer Mills and Shawn Mills, of The Sweet Life cafe at #Brockville for supporting Mélanie’s Way as part of their fundraiser, Cupcakes for Cancer! We are immensely grateful for your support. ☺️ Congratulations on the cafe’s second anniversary! If you’re in the market for some wholesome home baked goodness (who isn’t?), then check them out! 🧁
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Mélanie's Way
Mélanie’s Way wish recipient Nadia shares her story for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. We unfortunately had to put Nadia’s wish on hold because of COVID-19, but we very much look forward to planning her dream vacation in the future! Thank you for sharing your story, Nadia! #melaniesway #OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth
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Ovarian Cancer Canada
“We need more stories of survival instead of loss.” – Nadia Hillier, Teal Sister. September is #ovariancancerawarenessmonth and we are determined to spotlight this disease year-round. Teal Sisters across the country, family, friends, caregivers and local communities need to stand together to support one another and further progress against #ovariancancer. Nadia Hillier, Teal Sister from #Halifax, #NovaScotia, shares her journey, her memories with Elly Mayday, self-care tips and what support means to her. Watch her video message here.
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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

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: