We’ve all heard it before; a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, there are probably a million.
You probably would not think twice looking at the following photograph. Just another growing family; but the truth is that this photo is not exactly what it seems; this is how the photo was intended, how it should have been and how we wish it were. Take a look:
And here is the real photo, as it was actually shot:
Do you see something missing?
Alesia, 2 years old, passed away on May 1st, 2010, 2 months before this photo was taken. Alesia died of an extremely rare heart condition called Endocardial Fibroelastosis. She had no symptoms and no chance for survival. She died suddenly in her sleep.
Through their grief, Alesia’s parents, Sheyda and Bill, have decided that Alesia’s passing cannot have been for nothing. They have made it their mission that in Alesia’s honour, they would help save other children and in turn spare countless families the heartache that they are enduring. In Sheyda’s own words:
My baby is gone but because of her we will save lives; she will do more than any two year old can, because she had a heart that big, that sincere.
On May 15th, 2011 Sheyda and Bill will be hosting the first annual Alesia’s Magnolias Indoor Children’s Fair; a fundraiser to raise money for the Cardiology Department of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
There will be an enormous variety of games, food, activities and prizes. Please bring your family and invite all your friends.
If you would like to do more, please contact Sheyda to see how you can help. They are looking for volunteers, sponsors, prize donations, and anything else that may help make this event a success.
Even if you can’t volunteer or sponsor, please bring your children and enjoy the fair!
Sunday MAY 15TH 2011, 11AM – 5PM @ Château Royal, 3500 Ch Du Souvenir, Laval, Qc
You can read more about Alesia’s story on Sheyda’s blog, http://alesiasmagnolia.blogspot.com/
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Remember that it doesn’t take much to make a difference in someone’s life. We would greatly appreciate it if you could also take a moment to forward these links to anyone you know who may be able to help, or who might enjoy a day at the fair with their family.
See you there!