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Magic Wheelchair, Putting a Smile on Children’s Faces! #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Shilpa Garg, Sylvia McGrath, Mary Giese, Guilie Castillo and myself. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


On October 31st many countries around the world celebrate Halloween also known as All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween in most western countries is a holiday primarily for children where dressing up in costumes and either attending parties or trick or treating is commonplace. For some children (and many of us adults 😉 ) it is the one day of the year we can don a costume and become something different. Many dress up in scary costumes or go as their heroes. Many times children in wheelchairs are excluded from completely dressing up. I love Halloween and I love to see children revel in becoming their favorite character even if it’s just for one day.

Ryan and Lana Weimer have five children, three of whom were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a form of Muscular Dystrophy. SMA is characterized by loss of motor function and progressive muscle wasting which often confines the child to a wheelchair.

Every Halloween, Ryan determined to make sure his kids were included would create amazing costumes to transform his children and their wheelchairs. What started out as a simple act of love for his children became an endeavor which has brought smiles to disabled kids all over the world. In 2015, Ryan and Lana started Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization that seeks to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair.

Watch here to check out some of the costumes Magic Wheelchair has created:

Article about Magic Wheelchair: https://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/halloween-costumes-kids-in-wheelchairs/

Learn More About Magic Wheelchair: https://www.magicwheelchair.org/

To Learn More About SMA: http://www.muscle.ca/about-muscular-dystrophy/types-of-neuromuscular-disorders/spinal-muscular-atrophy/

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October: Autumn is in the Air

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

~ Marcel Proust

 

October is here, although in Toronto we are still facing some warm summer-like days, I am still enjoying my autumn. I look forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving and have so much to be grateful for. Huge thanks to my wonderful family, friends and followers who make each day so special.

October brings more writing, studying, coaching, blogging and  books to review which will no doubt be keeping me very busy as usual. In order to meet some of my goals I might not be online quite as often but will be checking in at regular intervals.

Things are picking up at IgniteYourCreativity.net both of my coaching programs:“Ignite Your Core Creativity” & “Art As Therapy” are up and running. Both of these programs are designed to help you embrace your passion, put your dreams into action, and ignite your creativity!

Over at Professor Owl’s Book Corner, we recently published our October 2017 NewsletterThis month features some great book recommendations, literacy tutoring and creative writing inspiration for our young writers. 

On September 29th, we celebrated our seventh installment of the “We Are The World Blogfest” #WATWB.  We are so thrilled about the fantastic response  we are getting and send out a huge thank you to all those who have participated.  My September post was titled “Making Magic for Pediatric Cancer Patients” about an amazing women who crochets fantasy wigs for young cancer patients.  A fellow #WATWB blogger, Lynn Hallbrooks, forwarded this story to me knowing I am an avid crocheter and she knew that this story would be right up my alley.

Wondering what #WATWB is all about? The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their positive stories led by five co-hosts. If you are interested in learning more about this or to join us please click here for details. Next post is October 27th, 2017!

Wishing everyone a wonderful October…wherever you may be in your day or evening, I hope you are living with grace & gratitude.

Live, laugh & love! ❤

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy

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