bravestredhead

Alex…the bravest redhead

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2008 at 7:36 am

The bravest redhead, photo by V. Lions

Hi All,

If you are reading this, chances are you are one of our friends who have known of Alex’s valiant and lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. You’ve also made your way here because you’ve been apprised of the fact that Alex has finally received the lifesaving gift of new lungs from a very special donor. Over the next few days, weeks, and months I (and before long Alex) will be keeping you up-to-date with Alex’s recovery and life post-transplant. As I am sitting here writing these words Alex is in the ICU ward of Toronto General Hospital. I know that she would much rather be at home typing these words to you if she could. And in truth, she’d probably do a much better job of it. But for now, let me be the one who speaks for the bravest redhead, the love of my life, my beautiful wife, Alex.

Bestest,

(Colonel) Tom Parker

Amy’s 40th

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2017 at 4:31 am

Amy was my transplant mentor. When I met her I was waiting for my first transplant, and she was awaiting her second, something to me which seemed unfathomable at the time.

She demonstrated to me how someone can have complete grace under pressure. Always polite, always modest, always dedicated to staying hopeful and helpful. She was my mentor! And when my second trasplant came around, she again was my mentor. She showed me that it CAN be done twice and that I should believe. She gave me a necklace with the word “believe” on it.

She always dressed stylishly and loved to shop, and to hang out with her family and two dogs, or as we call them “furbabies”.  Like me, Amy also grew up with Cystic Fibrosis but on Canada’s East Coast. We met in Toronto where the big transplant facility is, and so in effect she had to transplant herself to Toronto before she could have lung transplant! (I can’t even imagine the culture shock and added hurdles of lifestyle change that came with relocating to the big city.) She always managed to smile even on the rough days it seemed.

Amy loved walking, and  riding motorbikes, and her handsome and supportive husband.  She had many hurdles, but enjoyed several extra years of love and life until she passed away last summer at the age of 39. The team hoped Amy would be the patient who received an historic third transplant, but there were insurmountable medical hurdles.

Amy really wanted to turn forty.  This week would have been that birthday. I know technically she was in her 40th year when she passed, but she really wanted to see 4-0 on the top of a cake.  I hope she’s eating a big slice up in heaven and is free from oxygen hosing and can breath easily. Happy birthday in heaven, beauitful friend. Thank you for being you.

 

Mardi Gras Madness Concert with Alex Pangman & Red Hot Ramble

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2017 at 10:12 pm

screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-5-10-31-pmFor immediate release:

MARDI GRAS MADNESS event with ALEX PANGMAN & Her Alleycats & RED HOT RAMBLE at Lula Lounge, March 1st 2017.

Who: Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats, & Red Hot Ramble.
What: Mardi Gras celebration with live music, dancing, dining.
Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON
When: Wednesday March 1st 2017, Doors 6:30pm / Alex Pangman 7:30pm / Red Hot Ramble 9pm

Contact: alex@alexpangman.com

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at door

Dinner Reservations Guarantee Seating by calling Lula Lounge (416) 588-0307 or http://www.lula.ca

Toronto vocalist and JUNO nominee Alex Pangman is happy and proud to co-present an evening of Mardi Gras Madness and New Orleans based jazz with Red Hot Ramble, Toronto’s own purveyors of southern spirit. Pangman’s annual winter concert welcomes this fresh experience, in a room brimming with party atmosphere and renown for its dance floor, colourful ambiance, wonderful kitchen, & high quality stage shows.

Red Hot Ramble bring the essence of Mardi Gras to each show. Whether traditional jazz, blues, funk or good old fashioned New Orleans “second line” parade beat, Red Hot Ramble inhabit it all & bring life to every party. Co-lead by pianist/vocalist Roberta Hunt, and drummer Glenn Anderson, the quintet brings together the rich and varied musical experiences of five of Toronto’s most passionate jazz musicians inspired by the music and culture of New Orleans; with Alison Young saxophone/ Jamie Stager trombone/ Jack Zaroswki bass. The band holds a residency at Toronto’s Rex hotel and will perform songs from their latest albumSome Swamp Stomp.

Proudly known as ‘Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing’ Alex Pangman keenly honours the roots of jazz on her JUNO nominated album New which was recorded in New Orleans. Pangman will perform tunes at Mardi Gras Madness which showcase this link to New Orleans heritage and the legendary players and songs the city spawned. Her Alleycats will include John Macleod on cornet, Peter hill piano, Glenn Anderson drums, and Jack Zarowski bass.

The finale will be a collaboration on stage between the two groups: something not to be missed as the final songs will bring out the real Mardi Gras “Madness” in both bands as they join forces to give one final bead throwing hurrah to Mardi Gras 2017!

Why Mardi Gras Madness you might ask? Mardi Gras is a New Orleans tradition beginning on 12th Night (the last night of Christmas) and is the culmination of carnival season celebrations which come to a close with a big parade/bacchanal before fasting for lent. In short, Mardi Gras is a good time, and who among us doesn’t need one of those these days? (Note this event was originally to be held at Hugh’s Room on Febuary 28th but due to circumstances beyond our control, has moved to Lula Lounge.)

For More information visit www.alexpangman.com and www.redhotramble.ca

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