Sunday, June 10, 2007
Isaac's First Soccer Game, More Civitan Support, and Celebrity Golf...
Seems like I say this everytime I'm updating the website and blog, but it's been very busy around the McFadyen household over the past week or so. But it's been a good busy, as always!
Isaac started his first soccer game last Tuesday and was adorable! He wasn't interested in playing soccer at all, but that wasn't a surprise to us. He'd been telling us that he "just wanted to to watch" and not play.
Well, that's just what he did! Actually, he has found a new best friend in his coach, Rob. Isaac figured out that his coach was the guy in the "red hat" and proceeded to follow him around for the entire game. In fact, we don't really have any pictures of Isaac's first soccer game that Rob isn't a part of! The photo above illustrates how the game went, for both Isaac and Rob.
It was an incredible feeling, watching our son out there with other kids, being part of his first team. And we didn't have to worry about him being different from other kids. We didn't have to worry about the fact that he was the smallest kid on the field. We didn't have to worry about people looking at him as being special in any way at all. And it was nice that his coach, Rob, seemed to enjoy his company as much as Isaac did his. Rob is the first person in Isaac's life, outside of his friends and family, that has the potential to have a lasting impression on him. And hopefully there will be many more like him in the future. More coaches, school teachers, custodians that will have an impact on his life and help guide him through his day to day activities. What a great feeling that is for any parent.
Guess it should be said that Isaac did get a chance to play goal near the end of the game. Of course, Rob had to take him down there and show him how, but he did it and played the rest of the game in goal! And we're lucky that Isaac gets to play on the same team as his friend, Evan, who is pictured below. Both of them love to socialize, so Tuesday nights will be a great time for them to visit each other...
On Thursday, Ellen, Isaac, Gabriel, and I were back in Kingston for another cheque presentation from the Civitan Clubs. After my first presentation to the organization, I was asked to speak at their East Region Convention, which I was very happy to do so. The audience was so kind and caring, and they received my presentation and our Foundation very well. Each club went back to their membership and asked for donations which resulted in the cheque presentation on Thursday. In total, we were given $6800 from Civitan members, an amount that is very generous, heartfelt, and heart-warming.
The media were there to record the event for the Kingston news and we had the opportunity to be interviewed afterwards. We still haven't seen the final result but I should have access to a copy in the near future. We'll upload the news clip once we get the opportunity.
We want to take this chance to thank the CIVITAN members for their tremendous support and encouragement over the past few months. Their organization truly makes a difference in the communities they serve and we are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be supported by them. They will play a big role in our finding a cure for Isaac and I look forward to having Civitan members celebrate with us once we realize our goal.
As far as the golf tournament goes, we're still working away at getting silent-auction items donated, teams signed up, and doing everything involved with organizing a successful tournament. Rob Baker of the Tragically Hip will be joining us at the event, as will Peter Milliken, the Speaker of the House of Commons. And of course, Isaac and Gabriel will be on hand to welcome all the golfers to the event and will be travelling from team to team during the day to visit with them, shoot photos and, possibly, putt one in for each team!
If you're interested in joining us for the day, please let us know via email. We'd love to have you attend!
Guess that's it for now.
The Isaac Foundation