To our wonderful community of friends and supporters,

 

 

 

Three to Be was born from a place of love and hope for the future. I am so proud to say eight years and $5 million later our impact has been much greater than I ever could have imagined. To see how far we’ve come today and the mark it has left on so many people’s hearts – is nothing short of incredible.

 

This journey began as just an idea. As a parent of three children with neurological disorders, it was painfully obvious that there were gaps that needed filling in the charitable sector. The world of research was lacking focus on neurological disorders even though statistics proved how many people they affect. There simply weren’t any resources being put towards this important need and I wanted to change that.

 

Three to Be was inspired by my amazing children Taylor, Cole and Brody and fueled by our community. All the support and dedication we’ve received over the years is how we’ve been able to make such a difference for so many children and their families.

We have worked tirelessly over the past 8 years to create an organization that provides support for what matters most to children with neurological disorders and their families. However, the reality is that as a non-profit that receives no government funding, we have relied completely on the generosity of donors to keep afloat.

Our donors and supporters have made Three to Be what it is and at a time when 95,000 charities are fundraising alongside Three to Be, we should be so proud of how much we have accomplished. Our capacity as an organzation is what led us to this decision and we have chosen to redirect our energy on how to continue the legacy of the path we started. Looking ahead at the possibilities for growth, we saw an opportunity to consolidate our most meaningful programs and join forces with organizations who can take our family supports to new heights.

 

Thank you to those who have been with us for the length of this journey or who joined in along the way. You are all true testaments to the difference a group of committed individuals can make together.

 

To put this down in writing is incredibly emotional and difficult. So many of us have poured our hearts into building an organization that provides support for what matters most to children with neurological disorders and their families.

 

Looking ahead at the possibilities for growth, we saw an opportunity to consolidate our most meaningful programs and join forces with organizations who can take our family supports to new heights.

 

I am so proud of the bright future Three to Be has paved for our families. This means many things for us and the community we serve. Although we will no longer fundraise or invest in research our PAL community will still be very much alive.

 

PAL is the heart of Three to Be and we are proud to know this is the legacy we will leave behind. Over the next few months, we will participate in discussions with other like-minded organizations to continue the important work of PAL.  We have already teamed up with rEcess to help continue some of the incredible work of PAL through their Respite Program.  All of the details are still being sorted out and we are very excited to link up with this great organization. We value the importance of this and will continuously work to find PAL a home where it will continue to thrive. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

 

While discussing Three to Be’s future, it has brought up many moments of reflection for all the incredible accomplishments we’ve made together.

 

Witnessing our funding for basic science research turn into a national clinical trial that will directly impact the lives of many children and their families for years to come is a dream come true.

 

We partnered with hospitals, provincial and national organizations and treatment centers to be the voice for the family unit as a whole. Participating in the change in perspective towards the importance of the parent’s voice has truly taken my breath away.

 

We are most proud of our parent and family support group – PAL. PAL has truly become the evolution of Three to Be. With this group, we grew from a charity solely focused on research to having direct impact on children and their families.

 

Led by fellow parent and powerhouse – Brenda Agnew, this community of families has been the most incredible group to come out of Three to Be. It is a group that will live on. The relationships and friendships that have formed as a result of PAL will continue forever.

 

I am so grateful to everyone who has played their part from the beginning until now. To our Executive Director, Amanda Jodoin, our Development and Communications Coordinator, Mae Thompson, Brenda Agnew and my fellow board members Jodi Frankfort, Ron Soreanu and Advisor, Kobi Bessin – THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

 

To all of our dedicated volunteers, donors, supporters and friends of Three to Be – it takes a village to do what we have done and please know that the gratitude runs deep. Each one of you made Three to Be what it is and there are simply no words to express my gratitude. Your dedication to this cause and believing in it has meant the world.

 

Three to Be is a very personal part of my family’s story, so this is incredibly hard news to share. Each one of you believed in our vision throughout the years and I want to take this moment to thank you so very sincerely for all of your support.

 

I also want to ask you to keep believing in and supporting the causes you hold nearest to your hearts. Three to Be will live on through PAL and the families’ we’ve impacted – including my own.

 

“If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

 

Lots of love and my sincerest gratitude,

 

Dana

Three to Be supports children with neurological disorders
by investing in hope through research and the here
and now needs of their families and communities.

Three to Be supports children with neurological disorders
by investing in hope through research and the here
and now needs of their families and communities.