ABOUT THE LOVE FOR LEWISTON FOUNDATION:
The Love for Lewiston Foundation was born of a position the Olstads embraced to spend their son Lewiston’s first
With 7 weeks to the date, they rallied their close friends, organized and hosted their first official Lewiston Event on May 25, 2017 – it raised just over $42,000 in one night. To make everything legit as a foundation, the
The Love for Lewiston Foundation exists to create awareness, bring joyful experiences spreading love and directing money to local families, and ultimately raising funds focused on treatments and finding a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy through SMA Research and The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Our Board of Directors
Jessica Janzen Olstad
Jessica is a farm girl, now
Marie is a proud board member of the Love for Lewiston Foundation. As a friend to the Olstad’s for the past decade, she was utterly heart broken and devastated by the loss of Lewiston. Rallying around the family and the SMA community to bring joy and work towards a cure is one of her greatest passions. Marie works behind the scenes, to support Jessica and Ronnie’s crazy ideas and helps bring them to life. As Secretary of the Board, she keeps everyone on track and supports overall operations. While Jason is the most serious board member, Marie is the second most serious, which is the perfect balance to Jess and Hot Ronz.
Born and raised in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Shailynn Taylor knew from a young age that despite living with type 2 Spinal Muscular Atrophy, she planned to spread her wings after high school. She dove into discovering what moving away from home was like while fighting a terminal disability and being dependant on others for her daily care needs. Shailynn moved to Vancouver BC in 2014 to create a life of her own at Simon Fraser University. When she realized BC wasn’t where she planned to be long term, she moved to Alberta where she has happily lived in Calgary for four years while attending Mount Royal University. At MRU Shailynn is presently in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program and she hopes to enter the field of Law or probation once she has completed her degree. Shailynn is so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with the Olstads and Lewiston during his short time here and is honoured to be a part of continuing Lewiston’s legacy through the Love for Lewiston Foundation.