In the past two days, I've had lunch at the CPO's Mess in beautiful Esquimalt twice. Looking out over the ocean, enjoying a meal, I've been acutely aware of how fortunate I am.
Yesterday, I attended an event put on by the FASD community circle. 9/9 was Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day. Over the years I have worked with children, youth and families, I have watched awareness about FASD grow. I hope that in my career I will see understanding and support grow too.
The FASD community circle is doing some amazing things to support families affected by FASD. They have also set a goal to reduce the number of babies born prenatally exposed to alcohol on Vancouver Island from 1% to 0.5% by 2018. If you are planning on running the Royal Victoria Marathon this year, they are one of the charities that you can run for and collect pledges for. Every single week, a baby is born with FASD on Vancouver Island. The website is: http://www.royalvictoriamarathon.com/sponsors/charities.php#charities
Today I attended a Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock Fundraiser. Childhood Cancer is a terrifying thought to most parents. When my own children were little, I worked at Victoria General Hospital as a Child Life Specialist. On days when families had just been told that their child had cancer I would rush home just to hug my own children and check their temperature. Despite the horrors of this disease, progress has been made. In the past 20 years, survival rates have improved dramatically. Research has made life possible for many more children. Treatment is still very hard though. Things like Camp Goodtimes make life for children with Cancer better. Cops for Cancer aids both research and support programs for families. For the next event near you check out: http://www.kintera.org/faf/help/helpEventInfo.asp?ievent=270703&lis=1&kntae270703=002CAEB5EB5F403DACB8CB3A6EF616EC