We did it! On Thursday we opened up our donating pig, Lela. Our Monthly ritual of opening little Lela has become an exciting part of our routine. Leonique and I play a guessing game, as to how much Lela has collected for the month. As you know, Lela was collecting for your Danny Did Foundation. Your uncle and Executive Director of the Foundation, Tom Stanton, has been a great help, thanks to him, we were able to make this happen. He sent us an article regarding SUDEP and Epilepsy, which I’m sure you would find interesting.
The NY Times published an article regarding the death of a young teenage boy (he was 19…) due to SUDEP. Just like yourself, he was taken at a young age. The article raises several alarming issues regarding the stigma of SUDEP, how it is considered controversial for a doctor to mention it to his patient unless the patient is a high-risk candidate, as it may ‘burden‘ the patient. Maybe if it was mandatory for doctor’s to mention it and make families aware of the issue, we might find less occurrences. The article is a good read and very informative and we have posted it below. Also, the resources page on the Danny Did website is a great source of information for those who need answers to their questions regarding Epilepsy.
We are doing what we can in raising awareness through social media and through our donations page and we hope that past guests and future guests will continue spreading the word. We hope the little we donate this month will help someone, somewhere and give them a little more hope than they had yesterday 🙂 Your smile gave us courage to speak up and tell people that something needs to be done.
Here is the link to the article on SUDEP : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/health/27epil.html
We are so so happy to say we collected $305USD for the Danny Did Foundation. These donations were made by cruise passengers from the Mariner of the Seas and Carnival Splendor. We had a total of 8 ships this month, so considering the majority of the donations are $1’s or the occasional $5, that’s an amazing accomplishment.
We had so many passengers come up to us and shake our hands, telling us they had a brother, or sister, or friend with Epilepsy and that raising awareness was so so important. So thank you Danny…thank you for giving us the opportunity to touch so many people’s lives, thank you for being there and thank you for having found your way into our hearts.
Danny, we hope that wherever you are, you are smiling, laughing, playing and seeing what an effect your life has made on so many lives. You can see the happiness here, a collection of pictures of everyone who donated to Lela the donating Pig for the month of July.
TWO DANCING CHEFS
Pamela and Leonique
Well, our Salsa Blog was finally born today. It’s a girl! LOL.
It’s always hard to start something like this, I find it difficult to know where to start, but in the words of Julie Andrews “let’s start at the very beginning!”…
For those who have never heard of us, we are the ‘Two Dancing Chefs’, Leonique Vandeveerdonk and Pamela Hormazabal.
We run a tour named ‘Salsa and Salsa’ in Mazatlan, Mexico. Now, you might just be thinking why on earth would a tour need a blog, well, the simple truth is that we see and meet over 1,000 people a month. Although we truly enjoy staying in email contact with everyone, we thought it was high time we moved with the times and got ourselves a Blog.
Here, you’ll not only get to know us, (and trust me, we’re a hoot!) you’ll also get to see and hear from our guests. We want to share recipes with you, videos of the tour, videos we make purely for fun, instructional videos, as well as photos, links and lots of entertaining info that will transform you into a Mexican kitchen Virtuoso (that’s whiz, and yes I had to look it up!). The tour is made up of interactive fun for everyone who attends. We teach people to make REAL Margaritas and then take them through step by step how to make traditional Mexican salsas. Once the salsa making class is over, we polish our dance shoes and teach everyone to dance the salsa, hence the name ‘Salsa and Salsa’ (I can see those light bulbs turning on! ).
We are primarily a Cruise Ship tour, so bookings are done through a Shore Ex Rep. We service most major Cruise lines, including Carnival, Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean. We are currently working on a local show for non-ship days, so stay tuned for more details on that!
Today, we had both Marnier of the Seas and Sapphire Princess docked, so we entertained a number of passengers. Let’s see if I can remember names…hmmm…well, we do have volunteers join us at the Head Table, so I can remember their names, Tim – who is better known as Ricky Tikki Timbo (don’t ask), Steve – who I’m sure is utterly and madly in love with his wife (he couldn’t wait to get back to the table where she was and when he did he laid a nice big kiss and told her he missed her…awww…) and we also had the newly engaged JC and his fiancee Jenny. The two Sharon’s also graced us with their presence and they sure did have a good time!
The cooking is of course, only 1/2 the fun. Once we are done making salsa, we dance the salsa. I have to tell you, if I had a dollar every time a wife said “you won’t get my husband to dance Salsa”… I’m pretty persuasive, and 3 hours of drinking all-you-can-drink Margarita’s certainly helps the cause! Well, I could go on and on about the tour, but best leave you wanting to know more…stay tuned for videos and pics!
TWO DANCING CHEFS