Posted on May 1, 2015
We wish this could be a different kind of update, but here it is.
Unfortunately, Pat recently had a setback: he was diagnosed with Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD). This means that the T-cells Pat received during his stem-cell transplant are attacking his own body. Pat's doctors are treating him for this, but it is a long process. He needs to overcome the GVHD before he can be accepted into the clinical trial. It's been a hard month, but Pat is as determined as ever to beat this. He's just taking it day by day, still smiling, and focusing on getting better.
If you are looking for some cool entertainment, why not check out these awesome events that happen to also be supporting Pat's recovery:
The first is a dance performance, featuring Pat's brother Dean, held Friday May 1st and 2nd at Kits House (2305 W. 7th Ave.) with doors opening at 7pm/show 7:30. Vancouver-based dance collective OURO
) has been hard at work developing their first 20-minute performance over the last half a year. They are inviting you to share in the fruit of their labours and enjoy a night of human connection.
This is a night intended for people to go beyond being just an audience member and connect with the people and the community around them. There will be food, drinks, art on display, as well as many other guest performances.
Admission is by donation with a portion of the proceeds going to Pat's treatment. For more information go to:
The second event is Stop Podcasting Yourself
Live at the Rio Theatre on May 9th with doors opening at 7pm/show at 8:00.
Hosted by Graham Clark and Dave Shumka, a live podcast is a rare treat that's not to be missed (especially when it's at the Rio Theatre!). The show will feature guests including author and comedian Charlie Demers (CBC's 'The Debaters') and comedian Alicia Tobin (Come Draw With Me). The Sunday Service will be performing as the opening act for this event. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going towards Pat's treatment.
For more informations go: to https://www.facebook.com/events/1575419139373672/permalink/1584662208449365/
If you can't make it out to one of these amazing events, please continue to spread the word about fundraising efforts for Pat.
Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support. Pat and his family greatly appreciate it.