Today on my way home from Nova Scotia I paid a visit in Trois-Rivières to a man I'd briefly met last March, Alain Gaudet. His story is here (in French; the short version is, he's a 40-year-old man with spinal muscular atrophy), and below is a sample of his daily life. Alain is determined to live in his apartment as long as he can, and he's pretty nicely set up. His apartment is small, but it has the equipment he needs to function and keep him out of institutionalized care. Which I wouldn't want either. [youtube=]

Anyway, I don't know him a lot, but what I know about him I like. For one thing, he always seems to be cracking jokes. And when I showed up today he had bacon pizza ready for me. Bacon pizza.

I'm sure there are lots of people in a similar situation who are all worthy of our support, and I also understand we can't make everything right for everyone. But if his story and good-humoured determination move you, here's where you can donate to help keep Alain out of the hospice. Every little bit helps.