Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sawatsky Sign-Off

Well, Asher kind of blew up on Facebook, so the result was us being contacted by CTV to film a "Sawatsky Sign-Off". What an experience! If this doesn't melt Tegan and Sara's hearts I'm not sure what will.

Get this tissues here

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


In case you've gotten here from my social media pleas to help my son Asher meet Tegan and Sara - here's a little bit more about him....

Meet Asher.

Asher is seven years old. He is a younger brother to big sister Rio, and an older brother (by one whole minute) to identical twin Nolan. Asher is also a big Tegan and Sara fan. 

Oh sorry, did I say big? I meant HUGE, gigantic, enormous, #1 fan kind of guy. Need an obscure lyric? Unsure which album a song is on? Want a random fact about the Quin twins? Asher is your man. 

Now can I tell you a bit more about him? You already know the big stuff - Seven. Identical twin. Big fan. Yadda yadda. But lets go a little deeper…

Asher and Nolan were born more than three months early. For the first several weeks they literally fought for their lives. They needed to remain in the hospital for nearly half a year, and survived seemingly endless complications. Despite all the obstacles they did overcome, at four days old Asher suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that would alter the course of his life. 

At a year old, Asher was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a result of his brain injury. Despite regular physiotherapy and endless patience and resilience from him, Asher is only able to partially use one arm and relies on a power wheelchair and adult assistance for day–to-day life. He sees specialists, wears leg braces, is on medication to help with his symptoms, and has regular invasive procedures – but keeps smiling. 

This kid, I tell you. He’s funny, he’s charming, and he’s brilliant. He has tons of friends, participates in many activities, and is thriving in a typical classroom at school. He is unbelievably strong, wise, and most of all happy. 

Due to his limited physical capabilities for play, Asher has always most loved reading and music. He taught himself to read at age 4, and from then on his singing escalated. Put that kid in front of music and lyrics and he’ll sing his little heart out for hours on end.

Enter Tegan and Sara. 

With the release of Heartthrob, his dad introduced him to the sisters and he was hooked. At first mostly fascinated by them being identical twins, he soon became a huge fan of their music  and them in general. He just adores them, plain and simple. I’ve had to explain to him many, many times why he can’t marry one or both of them – but have assured him they’d love to be his friend if they were ever given the chance. 

So here’s where you come in.

I genuinely don’t think anything in this world would make Asher happier than a chance to meet Tegan and Sara. When we saw them in Vancouver in October 2016, he was absolutely mesmerized. We wished he could have been closer than the wheelchair section near the back, but he was so happy to just be in their presence. If he could actually meet them though? I really can’t even imagine! Many months ago I asked him if he ever got to meet Tegan and Sara, what he would want to do. He replied “Just go for a walk and chat”. MY GOD have you ever heard anything cuter?

I have advocated for many things for him and his brother (who also happens to have CP as a result of his prematurity) – therapy, inclusivity, equipment – you name it. But I can honestly say nothing like this. This would seriously make all my little boy’s dreams come true. So from a mom who would do anything for her kids, I have to ask:

Can you please, please, please – pretty please with a cherry on top – help Asher meet Tegan and Sara? If there is any remote way you could make this happen I assure you – I wasn’t joking when I said they would want to be his friend. I can promise you that they would be as thrilled to meet Asher as he would be to meet them. He’s that amazing.

So you totally want to make this happen don’t you?! Our family would forever be in your debt and you would know how happy you’ve made this incredible little boy - talk about a feel-good memory for all involved. Please think about it. 

With sincere appreciation for your time and consideration,

Tracey Trousdell – Asher’s mom

traceytrousdell at gmail dot com