Tales from the Vault is a feature where I bring back some of my favourite posts from the archived blog. All text from the original posts has been left completely unedited; however, where I think context is required it's been added.
This one's brought back from October 2012. Why would I be brining this post back? I'll give you a hint: you'll be hearing a lot more about this over the coming 4 weeks :) By the way - read right to the end for two of the cutest boys ever!
The World CP Challenge is over and for our team, was a complete success.
We took 1,418,536 steps.
We raised $7427 dollars. SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS! To think I was scared to make our initial goal of $2000. Unbelievable.
We finished 1st in Canada for fundraising.
We finished 2nd in the world in our division of 1082 teams and 4th of 2002 teams over all.
Most importantly - we spread CP awareness every day.
Will this money we raised ever directly affect Asher and Nolan? I can't say for sure, but that's not the point. If it can help someone else living with CP, or can aid in research that will help make CP more preventable, then in my opinion, our fundraising will have been a success.
Because this was not about raising money for Asher and Nolan specifically, nor was it about finding a cure for CP. Do I think CP can actually be "cured"? Well I'm not sure. The answer to that lies far outside of CP specifically, and under the general question of "can brain injuries be reversed?". One day, I hope so.
But I do think that more imminently prenatal and neonatal care will improve more than it already has. To compare neonatology 50 years ago to now, it is staggering how many advances have been made. Not long ago, babies born as young as Asher and Nolan were considered a miscarriage, and now more times than not those babies go on to lead thriving lives. So if medicine has advanced that much in caring for tiny babies, I have no doubt that it will keep advancing to a place where they can prevent many of the brain injuries that happen to babies either in utero or shortly after birth. If some of the money we raised goes into that, I will be thrilled.
The greatest part of this challenge, for me, has been how much I have been talking about CP, and hopefully, how much each of you who have supported us have been learning about it too. I don't want people to judge my boys, or pity them. I just want them to be given a fair chance at all of the opportunities the rest of us have. I don't think that's too much to ask.
So now, some thank yous. Firstly and most importantly Auntie Di and Leanne. Without your steps and your fundraising, we couldn't have done this. Thank you for loving our kids as much as you do, walking every day, and hounding your friends and family for money. Awkward, I know, especially when they're not your own kids. We appreciate it immensely.
And then to you who donated, all I can say is WOW. Often times it wasn't just the donation, it was the note that went along with it, or the private message you sent offering your support. Many of you had me in tears. We can one day explain to Asher and Nolan how much everyone cares about them and acknowledges and embraces their differences. You opened your wallets, yes, but that money may as well have been deposited straight into my heart for the value of friendship and support that it showed our family. We will remember this, and you, always.
I wish I could put your names up in lights, but this measly little blog will have to do. I keep reading the list over and over, so happy as each name registers. Seeing the diversity of all the people on this list and how we are connected to all of them has been absolutely heart warming. From childhood friends we haven't seen in years, to friends' parents we've never met, and everything in between. Jordan, the little heart breaker, even got a donation from an ex-girlfriend on another continent! 120 of you gave us $7427 dollars and that is totally unbelievable to me. So without further ado - thank you, thank you, a thousand thank yous, to:
Albert and Betty
Albert and Connie
Andy and Pat
Bernice and Bill
Brandon and Mikale
Chris, Becky, Gabey and Olivia
Christa, Adam, Alexis and Madison
David and Shellene
Denise, Ryan, Hanna, Olivia and Luke
Donna and Rowan
Frieda, Ryan, Chris and Ben
Garett, Maralise and Calla
George and Jackie
Jamie, Cameron and Elliot
Jason and Yuli
Jeff and Renee
Jen, Jon, Kadence, Maximus and Rianna
Jenn, Raymond, Blake and Joe
Johnny and Jake
Kaiti and Gio
Kirsten, Danny and Evie
Laura and Jason
Laurie and Paul
Loretta and Steve
Lynn and James
Michael and Trisha
Michelle and Rick
Michelle, Jon, Jenna and Ella
Mike and Dawn
Natel, Darren and Madden
Pam and Darrin
Pam and Regan
Paula, Daryl, Gavin, Jordan and Kayla
Peter, Shana and Jeremy
Piet, Ale, Lua and Gaia
Rachel, Jason, Dane and Arden
Sacha and Jon
Scott, Ann, Lee and Owen
Scott, Mary, Cassia and James
Steph and Elise
Steve, Jen, Chase and Arden
Summer, Tammy and Don
Tim and Barbara
Tim, Krista, Kaitlin and Connor
Tracey and Kevin
Tracie and Kevin
Tracy and Mike
Tracy, Eric, Toscane and Emeric
Wayne and Linda
Now, I can't leave out the stars of the show. Asher and Nolan have something they want to [apparently very quietly] say to you:
Cheeeeeeeese. Also, THANK YOU EVERYBODY!