Five years ago Sasha Krasakov came to Canada as a 12 year old boy with Brittle Bone disease. At that time he was living his life in constant pain and his small body had suffered from the result of multiple fractures to many of his bones. The Shriners of Brockville sponsored him and he was treated at the Shrine Hospital in Montreal where the world leaders in this disease practice. At that time his treatment served to soften his bones and he has been living pain free ever since.
With the sponsorship of the Brockville Shriners for his medical visit and his living and local travel expenses covered by the Ross McNeil Foundation, Sasha returned last week for two days of testing at the Shrine Hospital. Afterwards he returned to Brockville where he was hosted by CAC Treasurer Mike Waldron. Here is a picture of Sasha and his Mom, Lena, along with Mike Waldron and our interpreter Iryna Makarevich.
It has been a very busy time getting ready for this trip. We loaded the containers on Monday and Tuesday this week and they have now started their journey to Belarus. Here a group of our volunteers, including Alex McKenzie, Pat Yuille, Ron Karas, Ed Grady and Jason Gaudin, fill every nook and cranny to make sure we fit everything in.
Tonight a great gang of volunteers, which included both Brockville Rotary Clubs, came together and packed 612 food boxes in 30 seconds! OK, we have a video below that is only 30 seconds, the actual time was closer to 90 minutes, but everyone had a great time and still managed to pack a box every 9 seconds! Thanks to everyone that came out. The containers with the food will be leaving towards the end of the month in order to meet our delegates at the end of March, so stay tuned for plenty of updates and lots of activity.