Day 997: Super Nana!

Madi loves her time with Nana on Tuesdays! After school, their first stop was to Neurochangers for some walking.

Then it was time for some dinner and then off to ballet! Madi is doing more and more in her class and loves all the music and time with her friends.

Madi was in the newspaper today helping to raise funds for The Variety Village Christmas Fund by sharing her story.

Day 996: MEDEK Monday!

Madison did great work with Jo-Anne today. She is getting stronger and more confident each session. Her standing balance is really improving and her ability to hold her body in line and strong against different movement forces is impressive. She worked hard and was exhausted after…thanks Jo-Anne!

Day 995: The Toronto Sun Christmas Fund

This week marks the launch of the Toronto Sun Christmas Fund for Variety Village.

38 YEARS…Over $1.3 million raised!

“Mike Strobel has always gone above and beyond to shine a light on Variety Village. The quirky Toronto Sun columnist, veteran writer, editor, author, and very good friend of the Village, Mike Strobel took over the reins of the 38 year old Toronto Sun Christmas Fund in 2008 after the passing of fund co-founder and sports journalist, George Gross. With Mike at the helm these past 9 years, he has helped raise the fund total to over $1.3 million. In addition to raising funds, Mike has highlighted some of the amazing things that happen at Variety Village by telling our stories in his columns throughout the year.

Mike continues to help make a difference in the lives of many people with disabilities, and he has been a true champion of Variety Village, our kids, our athletes, our staff and our mission.” (Variety Village Website)

Mike Strobel met up with Madi and Megan at the pool this morning after practice. They took some pictures together to help tell their stories at the Village and how much it means to both of them. Mike is helping to tell their story which is very similar to thousands of kids who access the Village each year. The hopes is that this campaign will help keep everything up and running at Variety Village for many many years to come. Keep your eyes open for the article in Tuesday’s paper. Thanks Mike for all that you do!

If you would like to donate, please do so here:

Link: VV Christmas Fund

Day 994: Great Wolf Lodge!

Madi and her BFF Ben were gifted a night away to Great Wolf Lodge from Starlight Children’s Foundation. Starlight does an amazing job at giving experiences/fun opportunities so that kids like Madi can have a break from appointments, therapies etc to have some family fun and be a kid.

The kids tried different waterslides, hung out in the pool and went around the lazy river in tubes. They also played games in the arcade, wrote letters to Santa, had a pj party with cupcakes, gingerbread & candy canes, went to a special pizza lunch with other Starlight families and went bowling….all in 24 hours!!! Thanks Starlight!!

Day 993: Thursday Therapies!

Madi had a jam packed day of therapy today…no school…3 hours of Conductive Ed…riding with Max…..massage with Shannon…she did a great job and worked hard!

Highlights were: lots of single point cane practice, lunch and some fun with Janine & Suzanne, amazing bubble blowing on Max & Shannon and Madi did awesome work to get many muscles releases with no pain!