June 7, 2013 : Homeless For a Night
Since the beginning of the Astro-HAL campaign, I have been breaking boundaries in terms of others’ expectations, and my own limits through being introverted yet putting myself out there every day.
On June 7, 2013, I stepped farther outside of my comfort zone for one night. Certain comforts such as a bed, shelter, privacy and electricity were not be available to me and other participants. I slept on a mat under the stars in my astro-suit, using my backpack as a pillow. It was a blast with lots of friendly people supporting a great cause. Freddy Damani introduced me warmly to just about everyone involved.
Every dollar I raised went toward YESS programs, which support youth facing difficult realities.
June 9, 2013 : Gutsy Walk
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) are chronic illnesses where your insides look like they’ve been scraped across pavement. There is no cure to this painful and often debilitating disease, although there are ways to manage it. At Rundle park, I joined hundreds of Edmontonians who walked an effort to raise awareness and funds.
I raised over $300 toward the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) for medical research toward a cure.
Canada has the highest rates of IBD in the world. I myself have ulcerative colitis. Finding a cure to these diseases would vastly improve the quality of life for so many people around the world.
June 15, 2013 : The Underwear Affair
***UPDATE: Unfortunately I was unable to attend this event, but the cause is a great one.***
What is Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair® ? A 10K run to uncover cures for cancers below the waist. It’s not only fun, but it fights prostate, colon, testicular, and ovarian cancer, among others. Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Edmonton this summer to give these devastating cancers some exposure and shed some light on their cures.
(sometimes called Astral HAL)