A rite of passage, a road trip and a Recycle Ride #lifeaftertransplant

Charlie + Addison August 07 at 15-38-27

The Princess is sporting a toothless grin these days, just in time for Kindergarten in 2 1/2 weeks. (Seriously, where does the time go?) She had been wiggling her loose tooth for several weeks and on the morning of our road trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Grand Forks, I noticed it was gone. Despite our best efforts to find it, we had no such luck. We are assuming she swallowed it in her sleep. Addison was concerned there would be no visit from the Tooth Fairy without the tooth, but we assured her the Tooth Fairy would understand. When asked how much the TF would bring, Addison thought about it for a minute. “Five cents!!”


So a few hours into our road trip, at a quick rest stop at Bromley Rock Provincial Park, she found a nickel while digging around in the sand and promptly declared it was from the TF. Well, we felt a little bit of guilt for letting Addison’s first baby tooth go at such a bargain price, so we negotiated with the Osoyoos TF. The next morning there was a toonie under her pillow.

The long 530-km drive to Grand Forks actually went surprisingly well. We only had to resort to the iPad for the last 1 1/2 hours back to Vancouver. Charlie was fairly cooperative, except for the 5am wakeups. And most importantly we had a good visit with Grandma and Grandpa.

We got back home just in time to ramp up for our first beer and burger night fundraiser for the Addison Pediatric Transplant Research Fund. Addison was the ultimate sales shark that evening, peddling raffle tickets and chocolate bars. She even painted a couple of original pieces of art to auction off. Two generous bidders parted with $100 and $75 to own an Addison original, and we have another order for a third painting at $150. WOW! We are still amazed by the great support from our family, colleagues, old friends and new friends. You have given us the confidence to keep this going and we promise next year’s will be even bigger and better.

And then that leads us to the actual Recycle Ride! The weather is looking gorgeous and sunny for Sunday, much better than last year’s washout. We have a smaller group of riders this year, but an exciting new finish line event – a transplant community family picnic. Hope to see all of you there!

Transplant Picnic Poster

In between this crazy schedule, Addison has been thoroughly enjoying her summer. Gong gong has renewed his old obsession with kites, even holding a kite-making workshop in our backyard. It was dutifully attended by all nine grandkids (and their parents).

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We have been watching a lot of Olympics too, cheering on Team Canada. When Addison saw gold-medallist Penny Oleksiak’s picture in the paper, she held it up next to her own gold medal photo from the World Transplant Games and said, “See, she’s a gold medal winner just like me!” My heart melted just a little.

Hope you are all enjoying a fantastic summer!

Elaine, Aaron, Addison and Charlie


3 thoughts on “A rite of passage, a road trip and a Recycle Ride #lifeaftertransplant

  1. How wonderful that Gong gong has renewed his obsession with kites…just love that he held a kite making workshop in your back yard!!! Congrats on your fundraiser success! :o)

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