Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Peaceful End

On Friday September 18th, at 4:54pm, MaryAnn Maxine Ellenwood, surrounded by family, peacefully ended her battle with ALS at the young age of 59.

Mum is survived by: Her Husband Eric; 5 Children, Tammy, Derrick, Dave, Denis & Liam; and 10 Grandchildren, Nick, Tyler, Ethan, Jordan, Olivia, Landon, Austin, Keiran, Leah & Hailey.

To Honour both Mum's wishes and her non-stop fight against ALS, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation to the ALS Society of Alberta here.

We know you are in a great place surrounded by loved ones, and we will miss you dearly while we fight to stop anyone else from having to live with this terrible disease.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hot Friday & Messages for Mum.

Well, it has been a hotter week in Edmonton than we've yet seen this year, and just in time for K-Days! For the house bound and those with reduced mobility it may be a bit less enjoyable though. I am off to visit Mum after work today, and have to wonder how well she is doing in the continued heat? They get a decent breeze through the house, but when nothing is blowing it isn't going to help out much.

Mum has been doing well the last few visits. Since her last group meeting with the Case co-ordinator, the ALS nurse and a few other major players Mum and Eric have been able to adjust their strategies a bit to help keep things a bit more even. Eric has been able to get out into the yard and do some work outside, knowing that Mum is ok and able to use her call-bell if anything does arise.

Send a Message to Mum!

Mum still isn't doing alot of computer time but she does love to hear from people, even a short note that she can add to her collection. If you have a Summer vacation story, a message, a joke or even a quick Hello to pass along, please click here and send it on to me. Include any pictures you like as well, I have a very good printer & Paper to print these out on and take them over to Mum on one of my visits to help grow her Scrapbook.

Wishing everyone a great Summer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mum still rolls the Big ones!

Just a quick update, Mum has now been out of the Hospital for 3 weeks. She has settled in fairly well, Home care has been quite helpful, and her and Eric are comfortable in their new routine. Mum has not been spending alot of time in her bed either. She has a fabulous arm chair provided by the ALS Society of Alberta that she is able to use comfortably in the living room to sit and visit.

Mum made her first trip to check out the Pilgrim's Hospice yesterday. She liked the facility and the staff, so her and Eric may look into Mum spending a few hours there once or twice a week.

Played a couple rounds of Dice last night with them. Mum whooped us both horribly in the first game, then relented and gave us a break in the second game, hanging around waiting for one of us to pass her to win. She only lets us win because she doesn't want us to be too scared to play her again next time you know.

That is the news for the week. If Mum is up to it next weekend we'll be doing a quick visit with my son to see how both he and Mum do for a visit with Gramma. He loves to play cards with her, so that may be a good plan.

Talk to everyone next week!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pub Night & Silent Auction!

Are you ready for a Fundraiser?
Come on Down to the Beer Hunter West end location Friday June 5th
Over $1500.00 raised at auction!
Thankyou so much to all who came out!
For those who were unable to make it, ALS Canada has an amazing selection at their Online Auction at:

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mum is Home!

After 69 days in Hospital, I am excited to announce that Mum is on her way home!

As she settles in and gets used to her new routine, Mum will no doubt soon be making sure the house is clean, the Garden is tended and the Bird Feeders filled.

Look for new pictures of my Mum's beautiful yard as Summer comes into bloom!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Build a Bear Party!

It's wasn't just a party…. It was a Build-a-Bear Party!
Thanks to all who came down! We had a super-fun afternoon of bear-stuffing for a great cause!

Live Music Fundraiser!

Parkland pub threw us an awesome party!
  • Huge thanks to all who came down!
  • We raised $1000.00!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Who am I?

My name is Liam & my Mother has ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. I have joined with the A L S Society of Alberta on my Mum's behalf to help raise money and awareness about this terrible disease. I, and many of my friends and Family have websites available at the ALS Society's website: Walk for ALS 2009

My Mom's Website: MaryAnn's Fam Fund
My Godmother's Site: Lorraine for ALS
Sherri's Site: Team Dream

If you would like to contribute time, merchandise or a simple cash donation, please email me from my Profile in the side bar to discuss your ideas, or to set up your donation to Lou Gehrig's Disease!

What can you do?

This is a pledge form based fundraiser, culminating in the A L S Edmonton Walk on June 13th. So...
1.) You can donate money! Email me to set up a donation amount and pick-up.
Or you can donate online on my ALS Society page at:
2.) Join my team or form your own! Get pledges, then come join us on walk day!
3.) Volunteer! The A L S Society needs you!
Corporate donors: I need donations of products or services for our Online Auction! We need Sponsorship for our Walk, we need places to put our brochures and posters out there for the public!