Saturday, July 31, 2010

Love to all...

I want to take a bit of time to share my admiration and appreciation for my family who lives with this disease every day that I do. Too often, I am the only one who gets credit for the courage and strength it can take to deal with the challenges I have been given.

There was a time when I wondered if I would every meet “Mr. Right”. I wondered if it was possible to find someone that I loved AND that would love me, regardless of the extra challenges that I have. I knew that I had no choice as to whether or not I was going to deal with the fact that I had MS. The people in my life, however, they have a choice.

As destiny goes, I did meet Mr. Right. My husband, Nolin, will tell you, he had no choice. When you fall in love, there is no decision that is possible to stop the fate of love. There is no condition or limitations to love and nothing to do but enjoy the ride. I am very blessed and grateful to have Nolin in my life. He is my rock when I feel weak (physically or emotionally), my partner in raising our family and creating our life and he is my best friend; someone who I know will always be there with me, no matter what.

It was not until Nolin and I had our baby that I truly understood how much my parents love me. I have of course always known my parents love me but the experiencing having a child myself allowed me to see their love on a whole other level. When I think of how I would feel if Logan was ever sick or injured, it just makes my heart sad. To me, it’s almost worse to have someone you love in pain as you have no control or ability to make it better. My mom is, without a doubt, the bravest person I know. She is always there for me. No matter what else she has going on in her life, unconditionally. Although she may not even realize it, her love, make me feel better.

I could go on to tell you about the extraordinary friends and family I have but suffice it to say I feel very blessed to have so much love in my life.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Open House Fundraiser a success

We had the first of our big fundraisers this past weekend. There were 35 people who dropped in throughout the afternoon. 33 people made for a very busy afternoon with lots of conversations going on about what we are taking on in Mexico.

We did a balloon draw for a "Romantic Evening Extravaganza" basket. It included a $100 gift certificate to La Dolce Vita Ristorante, 2 bottles of wine from Airdrie Liquor, wine glasses and Chocolate Truffel tea from Oolong tea house. Balloons were sold at $20/balloon. The balloon holding the winning ticket was purchased by Blair Hoffmann! Congratulations to Blair and his wife! We also had a door prize draw for a signed copy of the book "Prairie Dreams" by Courtney Milne. Congratulations to Michele Guinan!

6 weeks to go for our fundraising efforts. I'll be focusing my attention for the next couple weeks on collecting Silent Auction donations.

The on-line Silent Auction will start August 1, 2010. We already have some amazing donations including a flight for 2 to San Francisco, a flight for 2 to Las Vegas, a deluxe toilet (including installation), a signed hand drawn picture of Eric Lindros, Restaurant and spa packages. I will post more as soon as the On-line Silent Auction site is ready to be viewed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Article in the Airdrie Echo

The Airdrie Echo published an article last week telling a bit about me and the Liberation treatment I'm going to undergo.

You can check the article out online at The Airdrie Echo.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fundraising Begins

Fundraising has begun!
We will be holding an Open House Fundraiser on Saturday. If you have not yet received an invitation, please consider this my personal invite to you. :O) Children & friends are of course welcome.

When: Saturday, July 17th from 1-5pm (drop in anytime)
Where: Our home at 1943 Woodside Blvd, Airdrie
Why: We're fundraising for Holly to complete a new MS treatment in Mexico
in September
What: There will be an opportunity to purchase your entry into a fun &
unique "Balloon Draw" for an amazing prize basket

We're really looking forward to hosting a great event, including munchies and beverages. We'd love to have you join us if you can make it work that day.

In addition, we have created several alternatives for people to participate if you're interested (and not all of them are financial).

1. Financial donation can be made at any TD Canada Trust branch: Transit 8030 Account 6376290. Cheques made out to: Holly Veillard MS Fundraiser

2. Volunteer your time assisting at events or spreading the word.

3. Donate silent auction items or prizes - items can be gifted to the silent auction by calling 403-948-0448 or by email at

4. Bid on Online Silent Auction – Items will be available online for viewing/bidding starting Thursday Aug. 1st – details to follow soon.

Thank you for your interest and your time! I will write more after the Open House next Saturday!