Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday March 27th, 2010

So here we are, the big day. The day of Anaya's fundraising party. For anyone who would like to attend the information is as follows.

Where: Procter Hall
When : 4 pm to 2am
What: Food, silent auction, live bands, DJ's

This event is staffed by volunteers and was coordinated by telephone - so if we have any little hiccups please have patience.

Everyone is welcome. Many people and businesses in the community have contributed to ensure the success of this event. Admission is by donation and kids eat free.

We will be accepting cash or cheques made out to Anaya Cassin-Potts for auction items, entry and dinner. All funds raised for Anaya will go towards her unconventional treatments and her family's other expenses. Anyone wanting a tax deductable reciept can make their cheques payable to the Procter Hall Society with "Anaya" in the subject and they will be given a tax receipt.

On another note...

The last few days Anaya has been conciously moving her feet to rattle a little toy of hers. This is a fantastic achievement and to me it shows how aware and determined she is. There was a fellow here from the Nelson Daily News who seemed to think little of it - but that is only because he is not a father and does not understand the love and hope we have for our beautiful baby. Anaya has been showing slow but steady progress and the fact that she can move her feet intentionally shows that the nerves conducting the signals to the muscles are in fact working. Ask anyone with MS how miraculous it is to get the use of an appendage back. Ask anyone trapped in a paralyzed body how badly they want to move and how miraculous it is when they finally bend a finger. This small step in Anaya's condition is a GIANT leap forward and should not have been trivialized in the article by the Nelson Daily news.

As the parent of a child with a severe disease causing disability I have been pushed entirely out of my comfort zone and into a realm I haven't known before. Where once I have judged others I now stand, knowing the only thing I can do is love my baby unconditionally and care for her needs. Wanting nothing more than to see progress toward her healing and for her to overcome the incredible odds and the judgements of others.

Have you judged others without compassion in the past as I have? Let todays wisdom be to not judge another until you have walked in their shoes. May I be forgiven for my errors and loved for my ability to admit it.


  1. That article in the Nelson Daily news was poorly written and carried a negative connotation but do not despair! We believe Anaya is healing. We are here with you and we share your joy in her progress. She is a beautiful, delicate being who has a definate purpose here. As her parents you are doing a great job of loving her and caring for her and your family as best you can. We can all see that - can't we other readers?

  2. I see it and feel it! Rattle that toy, Anaya, if you so desire. Let your freedom ring.

  3. Hi Camara,

    I would like to bid on "Bedlam" @ $600 but can't seem to get a hold of Shayne. I live in Abbotsford so bidding in person tonight is not an option. Wondering if you could pass this info on to him and maybe he could call me. Thanks so much and please know I am thinking of you and your family. Too bad my breastfeeding days are over - I could have fed all of Nelson in my day!

    Debbie Kinnear 604-852-6316 or 778-549-5887

  4. It was a pleasure to meet you at the fundraiser. I wanted to let you know that I think you are a strong, amazing woman! You have inspired many people with your determination and drive. I would like to tell you that I have been blessed to have met you and Anaya, you both have taught me that nothing is impossible, and you must never give up. I am thinking about you and your family, and I look forward to hearing all about Anaya's healing in your blog.

    Greatful for woman like you!


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