Wrapping up another year of fundraising

December 3, 2017
Well, the last fundraising event of 2017 was last weekend... and overall, we did really well this year! I met a ton of really super people, raised a bunch of awareness and sold a lot of angels. 
        

I think that I am starting to learn or inherit my mom's most amazing ability to set up table displays really nicely... not quite as good as mom's yet, but getting close! 

     (I think that I looked pretty snazzy too...)


Still selling the angel figurines... we have sold 
thousands of these by now! They have been a big part of this since I first started fundraising, back in the fall of 2001. Wow, soooo long ago!!

So I will be heading out to The Hospital For Sick Children sometime in early January to drop off a cheque with this year's proceeds. Pictures of that coming soon!



All of us here at the AVM Foundation headquarters would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderfully festive and happy holiday season! Stay warm, enjoy the holidays and have fun with your families over the winter break!

 

Event #1 = success! Fun times too

November 6, 2017
Well, one event down for this year's holiday season. I have a couple more events to do, but I was super happy for this one, because my table was situated right beside my groovy little sister (Christina, of Miss Messy Jewelry) and my awesome mom (Darlene, who was there doing AVON). That always equals a good time!

Chrissie was promoting her handmade (and super cute!) jewelry, but the best thing was that she brought little bubble soap things to give out! And so Chrissie and I were having the bubb...
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It's Christmas bazaar time again!

November 4, 2017
The Special AVM Research & Awareness Fund will be fundraising at the Christmas Bazaar at Viva Retirement Residence in Mississauga (the Christmas Bazaar at Solel Congregation of Mississauga, 2399 Folkway Drive, Mississauga, ON) on Sunday November 5th between 11am and 4pm! Come on out and browse the show, shop for Christmas gifts/decorations/more, and check out our fundraising table... we will be there with our Kneeded Angels, as well as a variety of warm and fuzzy (and homemade!) hat and scarf...
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Get ready for change

October 29, 2017

Get ready for it... this weekend has been all deep and philosophical, and so a ton of pondering on the following points has occurred. I thought it was interesting though, so I wanted to share it with you...



The title of this blog post sums up the point of it pretty perfectly - we will all have points in our lives when Life hands us a chance. It can be anything - a chance to suddenly travel, a chance to go back to school, a chance to make a new friend, a chance to change someone's life. What ...

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Positivity can make a BIG difference sometimes...

April 14, 2017

I always seem to encounter interesting people while taking transit these days... Some have amazing life stories. Some are dealing with things that seem epic compared to what the average bear has to deal with on a daily basis. Some are sad, but many are just the friendliest people you would ever be fortunate enough to meet.

This evening was no different. On my way home from my night class, I struck up a conversation with a really nice lady while we were both waiting at the Port Credit GO sta...


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Left reflecting on this Friday evening...

February 25, 2017
As another week draws to a close, I was sitting here reflecting on the things that I managed to get done and what I accomplished this past week (and during the month of February as a whole). This month has actually been absolutely incredible when it comes to my physical recovery! I can now lift more weight, do more reps and accomplish so much more than I ever dreamed in the gym. I am actually doing well in school and really understanding and learning the material (which is sort of a new exper...
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I completely understand...

January 15, 2017
A friend of mine shared this link with me today... a heartbreaking story (as many AVM-related stories are), but it has a happy ending  :)

Check it out here: http://tiphero.com/identical-twin-difference/

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My mind has been blown… again

December 12, 2016

This time though, it isn’t literal (I had a couple of brain hemorrhages back in 1998 and 2001, for anyone who doesn’t know). This time, the thing that is blowing my mind is actually the power of that very organ.

I had a pretty serious stroke right after that last brain hemorrhage, which I am still recovering from. But for the past few years now, I have been working on teaching my body to remember how to be functional. This is accomplished through some pretty intense visualization tech...


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Christmas Benefit Concert!

November 13, 2015
The Special AVM Research & Awareness Fund would like to invite you out to Chartwell Baptist Church (1880 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga) on Sunday November 22nd after the services for an afternoon of Christmas food and fun! Details to follow!
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Looking for bands

September 1, 2015
If you are in a band (or know someone who might be interested) and want to help us raise some money and show off your music, get in touch with us and we can chat! We are trying to piut together a few small benefit shows throughout the fall.
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