Madison’s fundraising for her SDR surgery is going amazingly well thanks to everyone’s help! Thank you for continuing to share Madison’s story and supporting her journey to St Louis.
Madison’s story spread all across Toronto and the Durham region today from two different news sources. Her story was shared in the Toronto Sun and The Durham Region News! Thank you Meredith for writing Madison’s press release which clearly went over very well!
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At school today Madi loved trying tree pose and downward dog pose in yoga class during gym!
She spent her afternoon at March of Dimes and with Suzanne & Janine. She did lots of walking practice at March of Dimes under parachutes and with Monika. She practiced her standing while playing with shadow puppets which was a big hit!
After lots of hard work, she visited her Great Grandma Gregoire.
Madison was thrilled to see her poster when she entered the ballet studio tonight for her class. Their sleepover fundraiser for Madison is this Saturday and the whole studio was covered in flyers advertising the event which was very cool to see! Thank you DLDA!
Madison was eager this morning to hear if Jack would be home or not today. She spent her morning with Pam & Medford planning for his return by making him a special card.
Madison spent her afternoon with Grandma and Grandpa helping Daddy get the new laundry room ready and the house cleaned up for Jacks return. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for the new washer and drier and thanks Daddy for the new coat of paint!
Jack is home and is on his way to feeling much better. He will be on meds to help his little lungs for a few weeks and hopefully his appetite will return soon. Thanks for everyone’s well wishes!
Madi got a big delivery today of posters, postcards, thank you cards and other items for her upcoming fundraising events and to send out as thank you’s. Supper happy with how they turned out!
Madi stayed home from school today so she started her day with sleeping in, making herself toast for breakfast and reading books to her babies. Madi also got a wonderful email this morning from her dance teacher. It was a flyer that said they are having a sleepover next weekend with pizza and movies for all the dancers at the studio for a fundraiser for Madison’s surgery!! They are so awesome!!!
Mommy & Madi were up with the sun and doing stuff to stay busy, but Jack just wouldn’t wake up. Mommy kept trying to get him up, give him his medicine, get him moving – but he was very sleepy. He had been sick since Monday and on antibiotics, but only got worse as the week went on. Finally at 11:00 Mommy forced him awake and decided to take him to the hospital.
A big thank you to Aunt Nadia and Nate for taking Madison for the day and keeping her entertained and happy!
Jack and Mommy went to the hospital to get checked out. After a full 10 hours of being shuffled around, X-rays, blood work, IV -they decided to admit him until at least Saturday because he has pneumonia. Poor little man.
Who needs a pair? 2 weeks today until Madison’s fundraiser at the home of the Ultimate Leafs Fan. A few tickets are still available.
Madison spent her day with Janine and Suzanne and went to March of Dimes. At bedtime Madi said that she was proud of herself today because she told her new volunteer at school how to do everything, used her canes at Conductive Ed, was a good Mommy to her baby at Janine’s and helped Jack in the tub at Nana and Papa’s house.
Mommy’s former high school, Blessed Cardinal Newman has been an amazing support and cheerleader for us in Madison’s journey towards SDR. The student council and amazing teachers decided to organize a jeans day with proceeds going towards Madison’s surgery. They created videos on YouTube and displayed posters in the halls to inspire and get the students involved in the initiative. Today was a huge success with the last reported total being over $3,000! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
Madison visited Grandview this afternoon to get an updated speech assessment. She has made excellent improvement with the projection of her voice and being loud at school without cues or prompting. Her assessment today showed that as well. They worked on projection and clarity with a long voice, not a loud one. Madi loved the iPad game to help with this. It is called ‘Speak Up Sensory Two’. She will be going for a few more sessions until her OT and PT at Grandview pick up again in March.
After dinner, Madison’s case manager from Resources for Exceptional Children stopped by to touch base on a few things to help us stay on top of things in the near future. We discussed upcoming observations/meetings and paperwork for kindergarten, funding for some equipment, CCAC support for the fall etc. We also had to create a list of team members for Madison’s first school meeting in April. The list seems never ending, but awesome knowing how many people will support her transition. Grandview OT, PT, speech & social worker, preschool teacher, private physio, case manager from Resources for Exceptional Children and her after school program staff. Onward and upward!