Three to Be is an organization founded by a couple who have triplets with cerebral palsy. The foundation raises money (and awareness) in support of treatment and therapy (such as stem cell research and robotics therapies) for children with neurological disorders in support of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre and Sick Kids Hospital, both of which Sebastian is a client of. Last year was the first Stems of Hope Gala and I was able to attend with two other amazing mothers to kiddos with CP. This year, a good friend of ours volunteered to ‘watch’ Sebastian so that Ali and I could attend the gala together. Although it was a couple weeks after our 5th wedding anniversary, we used the big event as a double celebration. Sebastian was sound asleep when we left and sound asleep when we returned.
The Bare Naked Ladies gave a fantastic live performance. I was impressed with the new lead singer and we danced our feet off. I don’t remember the last time I danced so hard! And in heals!
There was an open bar so we took the opportunity to try some fun drinks, like a smokin’ Thai -Blueberry Vodka drink and dry martinis. We had more fun than we’ve had in I don’t remember how long. It was amazing to be surrounded by people who had come together to raise money for something we believe in so much while celebrating our love and lives together as a couple and as a family.
In the cab ride home our taxi driver spoke to us about the gala and said that the couple he gave a ride home before us had donated $100,000 to the foundation! Dana (co-founder and mom to triplets with CP) announced that the Locomat had been purchased with money raised by the previous year and current gala’s donations. The Locomat is a machine that helps kids learn how to walk. It will be placed at Holland Bloorview where a research trial will begin. We are hoping Sebastian will be on that trial list once he hits the age of four.
At the end of the night each attendee is given a booklet full of sponsors, including stories and photos of families of children with neurological disorders, like CP. I was asked by one of the event organizers to share a couple photos of Sebastian for the section showcasing the fabulous kiddos who will benefit from the research that Three to Be is raising money for. I was so proud to see Sebastian’s photos alongside the other amazing kids. While I was dancing with Ali to the Bare Naked Ladies, having the time of my life, I looked around and realized we wouldn’t have been there had it not been for Sebastian. I am so thankful to have him as my son. He rocks. 100% And so does my hubby.