Keith & I drove to Montreal together and I spent the week with Mom & Dad preparing for the ALS Research Announcement Press Conference and ALS fundraiser. It was an incredibly busy day, Mom & Dad drove me to the Montreal Neurological Institute for the Press Conference in the morning where I gave a speech, and I spent the day giving interviews! If you are interested I've posted my speech and info about the historic announcement, as well as my interviews on the media page of my blog.
The "An Amazing Evening" benefit co-ordinated by my dad and Amanda Lavigne was a wonderful event. It was held at Bistro Table 09 in the West Island. Dad & Amanda are such generous, and loving people to have put in such a tremendous amount of work to benefit the ALS Society of Canada. The funds will go towards research to help people like myself who are suffering with ALS have hope to find treatment and a cure. Their efforts paid off incredibly as the event was such a hit! Jamal, the owner of Table 09 is such a talented and engaging person and this is reflected in his incredible food (you really must eat there). Tammy Moore, the CEO of ALS Canada was gracious to attend the event and share with people what is happening in the ALS research community. A literal "gang" of Kanawanians walked in and brought me to tears. My section directors, campers and my counsellor when I was section director came to support me & the ALS cause and it was so moving as I hadn't seen some of them in over 20 years! Many of my parents friends came out to support of us some of whom had known me since I was a little girl. Scott brought me to the dance floor where I was spun around sitting on a stool so I could participate. There was a lot of laughter, tears and dancing, and most importantly the power of community coming together to make a difference. Thanks to the support of everyone who attended and/or generously donated, Dad & Amanda raised over $8000 for the ALS Society of Canada! There are pictures of the event on the gallery page and a video of my speech on the media page of the blog.
On November 25th, Travis & I celebrated his 35th birthday. We went out to dinner for Thai food, one of his favourites, and it was delicious! And, you guessed it, he received yet another Apple product as his present! He absolutely deserves it as he takes such good care of me, and is a superstar at work. Below is a picture from his surprise 25th birthday party at Jeff's surf shop in St. Maarten, next to a picture of us in Florence in October this year. In 10 years we may have aged physically, but definitely not in spirit, we are still just as immature as ever!