My friends Berene and Cosmo are so clever. Not long after everyone stopped screaming and hugging each other, they came up with the incredible idea of honouring the amazing relationship Alexandre and his older brother Frederic share. If you saw any TV footage of yesterday's moguls event, then you know Frederic suffers from Cerebral Palsy, but it didn't prevent him from standing all afternoon and cheering his brother on as loud as he could. The two are chess partners and Alex says Frederic is his biggest inspiration.
Alexandre's winning score was 26.75, so to honour the gift he has given Canada, my family has donated $26.75 to the Cerebral Palsy Support Foundation of Canada. This group is non-government funded and was started by a father after he struggled to find support when his own grandson was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. 100% of funds raised goes to help people with Cerebral Palsy and their families. They provide info on what to do when first diagnosed, where to find resources, help with funding things like mobility equipment, ramps, elevators and hallway widening. They have also started a recycling program for families to share supplies & equipment.
Isn't this a Gold Medal idea? They even started a Facebook group, so you can join and then invite all your friends. It will be exciting to see where this goes.