There are many challenges facing many people each and every day...some of them seem insurmountable. I wanted to let you know about something I am doing this summer that symbolizes and supports the people that deal with the specific challenges of living with cancer. This July, I will be riding the 2011 L’Etape de Tour Challenge benefiting InspireHealth. This is an actual stage of the Tour de France...109 Km of riding with over 3200 vertical metres of climbing across 3 mountain passes in the French Alps! And it includes the infamous Alpe D’Huez!
Have you heard of InspireHealth? It is an amazing - and unique - non-profit/charitable cancer care centre in Vancouver. The medical doctors incorporate research-based natural therapies into patients' conventional treatment program and it’s making a big difference in cancer recovery and survival.
100% - every penny - of the funds raised on this ride will go toward researching and offering better therapies and care for patients living with cancer.
Our team goal is to raise $30,000. My personal goal is to raise $5000. Will you help us do it?
I am proud to say that I am riding with a very special friend and InspireHealth team member, Salt Spring's Dr. Ron Reznick. Of course, all friendship aside, I would be more than happy to "out-raise" him and "out-race" him....help me make this happen for a great cause.
To make a secure online donation using your credit card, click on the link below:
FUNDRAISING LINK: http://etapechallenge.kintera.org/
For more information on InspireHealth, please see www.inspirehealth.ca
For more information on the 2011 L’Etape de Tour Challenge, please see:
Thanks for your support! It means so much.
is a poem
written by a teenager with cancer
This poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a
New York Hospital.
It was sent
by a medical doctor -
Have you ever
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a
butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the
You better slow down.
Time is short.
Do you run through each day
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear
When the day is done
Do you lie
With the next hundred chores
You'd better slow down
Don't dance so
The music won't
Ever told your
We'll do it
And in your
Let a good
never had time
You'd better slow down.
The music won't
When you run
so fast to get somewhere
miss half the fun of getting
When you worry and hurry
It is like an unopened
Life is not a
Do take it
Before the song is
Music's Time Has Come
Last week in Salzburg, the town of Mozart's birth, musicians, composers, presenters, music educators, policymakers,funders and patrons, neuroscientists, and others who’ve spent a lifetime in the music field met to discuss the ways that music shapes our minds and our societies. The Salzburg Global Seminar titled, "Instrumental Value: The Transformative Power of Music" brought together 60 people from 23 countries and, out of the lively and informative sessions, brought
forward a joint statement which, I am sure, affirms for all of us, the reasons we believe so deeply in what we do as musicians and teachers.
Here is an excerpt from the "Salzburg Manifesto" and Sarah Lutman's excellent blog post on ArtsJournalblogs:
“The Value of Music: The Right to Play”
“The Salzburg Global Seminar meeting on The Transformative Power of Music believes that music is a proven gateway to engaged citizenship, personal development and well-being. Only through urgent and sustained action can we foster a new generation of energised, committed, self-aware, creative and productive members of society.
“ The inspiration and rewards unleashed by music are universal benefits that must be available to all as a human right. All children from the earliest age should have the opportunity to:
• unlock musical creativity,
• fulfil musical potential,
• develop musical expertise,
• shine for their musical achievements,
• encounter great music from all cultures, and
• share their new-found skills of creativity, teamwork, empathy, and discipline.
THIS IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
David Visentin has been named as founding Executive and Artistic Director of Sistema Toronto. The news of Sistema Toronto and the appointment were announced at last week's Glenn Gould Prize celebrations, which have honoured Canadian poet/singer icon Leonard Cohen as this year's recipient of the prize, now referred to as the "Nobel Prize of arts awards".
Working in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board and in close association with the original El Sistema leadership in Venezuela as well as other Sistema-based programs world-wide, Sistema Toronto plans to roll out a pilot project program in one of Toronto's priority underserved communities this September-October 2011. Sistema Toronto will, over the next five-years, build sistema "nucleos" throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario and hopes to reach over 2500 children by the year 2016.
"Sistema Toronto is an idea whose time has most certainly come! The reviews are in. The statistics are in. All of these overwhelmingly support the findings of music's transformative power in the lives of children. It is a great honour to be working together with Robert Eisenberg, leader and social activist, and a motivated passionate board in the building of this important organization here in Toronto. We are working very hard to pull children back from the brink of the downward spirals of impoverished despair and destruction. The waste of human potential is tragic; this is the reason we are calling our campaign PLAYING TO POTENTIAL".
I guess I would say that two of the most important forces in my life are the opening of oneself to experience and the disciplined development of our human potential. And these forces sometimes lead by "divining rod" to some wild and wondrous places.