Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thoughts and Vibes

Please meet this beautiful and adorable family; the Purcells.

Sadie, Ryan, Trey, Deb and Avery.

September was a very successful "Once Upon A Cure" fundraiser, raising over $90 000 for Hunter Syndrome. October was a trip down to the University of North Carolina for this hopeful new IT trial. And now, since returning only a few days ago, Trey has already been through emergency surgery to remove his infected intrathecal port.

What a crazy few months it has been for the Purcells. As wonderful as all this treatment has been; no child at the age of 7 should have to be dealing with any health issue of this scale.

Of course this takes an enormous toll on the whole family. However, Deb and Ryan have been amazing throughout the journey... always staying strong, never giving up or losing hope.

For me, following this roller-coaster ride has made me so much more appreciative of the health I was granted. Yes, I have been suffering from a knee injury and I get the yearly flu, but I will never take for granted how lucky I am to have the health that I do.

Please keep the Purcells in your thoughts. They could use all the good vibes you have to send.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Me In Media

After a Public Town Hall dialogue, weekends of workshops, trips to the Museum of Vancouver and the Woodward's building. After many late nights or reviewing and revising, what seemed like endless streaks of writer's block and coffee shop meet-ups with the editor; my "Me In Media" article has officially been published in Schema Magazine!

Photo is courtesy of Lara Hill, United Nations Association of Canada

It was an amazing experience for me, and a true look at what it's like to be a journalist. Stressful at times, frustrating, makes you want to just give up... but that only makes seeing the published product all the more rewarding.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

We Day Vancouver 2011

We Day 2011 has come and gone and inspired another 18 000 youth to get out there and do something to create a better world. That something could be anything. As simple as a smile, or as grand as fundraising to go on a humanitarian trip.

This year, Vancouver had an amazing line up of speakers and special guests. Mia Farrow was amazing, Shaquille O'Neal got his dance on, Craig and Marc touched hearts as always. Spencer West gave the message of 'anything is possible', and Michel Chikwanine said nothing at all. For me, however, the most impressive performance was by a name unknown to me-- Noah Kaplan. His spoken word titled "Be the Spark" was mind blowing.

Now my only hope is that these 18 000 youth that lined the seats of Rogers Arena didn't just sit there and enjoy the music by Hedley, Down with Webster and Classified, but that they actually soaked in the message and will go out and do something.

For me, the moment I got home from We Day, I was on the computer organizing a fundraiser for the (MOB)ilizers.

We are the movement.