11.02.2010

Bloggers Help Bloggers - *Visual *Vamp* Valorie & Alberto

We know this woman for her incredible style
as well as her incredible book
we know her as a celebrity blogger  (*Visual *Vamp* ) such as this shot in Nov.'s issue of Woman's Day magazine
and we know her as a very talented tango champion
But did you know she needs us now?

Not one of you would disavow my sentiments that the blogging world impacts our lives in many unimaginable ways. Whether you author a blog or participate by reading alone; you are never truly "alone."

People pop in and pop out, but more often than not, the comments, and camaraderie stick like a peanut butter sandwich without a glass of milk. Friendships foster and you connect in a yes, unusual, but very profound way. We've all felt it. Valorie is like peanut butter.

This is exactly why my heart aches; Valorie Hart  - writer, editor, blogger, and one half of a talented pair and  USA Tango Salon Champions needs our help. Her beloved Alberto (Paz) was struck down by a massive heart attack at the Calgary Airport as they were lined up to go through customs on Oct.26th. They were in Calgary to launch the Epicurean Tango Society's - Argentine Tango Intensivo /10 days of total Tango immersion.



Sandra Miller, of the Epicurean Tango Society, wrote Sunday via Valorie's facebook wall;

"We are in a fluid state of instability … we cry, we laugh and we are an emotional wreck as we await news; one moment it is uplifting and very positive, the next is critical with grave concerns about life; seemingly stable then onto precarious". 

An ultrasound revealed Alberto had fractured ribs from the CPR and multiple defibrillation at the Airport – which saved his life; a 100% blockage in one of his arteries, located very close to a valve, which is tricky and life threatening surgery; the other option was open heart surgery; either option is critical, major surgery with massive repercussions, with time sensitive urgency. A stint is insufficient to the magnitude of the situation. The Foothills cardiologists were going to confer with his NOLA cardiologist today to evaluate the various options and determine the best route: proceed with life saving surgery here or try to elevate his mental and physical health to Medivac him to a USA Hospital.
These difficult, challenging and worrisome conditions are exacerbated by the fact that Alberto’s health care coverage is insufficient for Hospital Care in Canada.  *If you would like to help Alberto and Valorie cover the life saving, critical care he is receiving at the Foothills as well as, getting them home, you may contribute to their Paypal account: boutique@planet-tango.com".

 It takes 2 to tango and it take's a community of bloggers to make a difference. Join together to show our compassion and love for Valorie and Alberto. 

 We are all here for each other in our time of need.


{go forth and live responsibly}
show your love, it's what counts

30 comments:

Renae said...

Well done Deb....you say it so much better!
xoxo

French Basketeer.com said...

Deb~ I do not know Valorie but will send what I can; I hope she and Alberto can get home. You are such a good friend to post this.

Averill said...

I'll keep Alberto and Valerie in my thoughts -- I hope the surgery goes well.

vicki archer said...

Will do....I adore Valorie and I am so upset by this news....xv

Hill House Ramblings said...

Thank you Deb for this update about Valorie and Alberto. I sent them what I could and hope it helps them.

H.H.

La Maison Fou said...

Thank you for sending this out. I had no idea this had happened, she is such a wonderful blogger and really fashionable person.
I will say a prayer for her and Alberto.
L.

La Petite Gallery said...

I just loved the fact you have
Valerie Dancing. Great post.

yvonne

annechovie said...

Aw, Valorie is such a kind person - thanks for letting us know, Deb. I am very sorry for them and will keep them in my prayers and thoughts. xo

The Consummate Hostess said...

Wow- what an awful thing to happen to such a vibrant couple. My most sincere and heartfelt thoughts are with them.

Style Attic said...

How socially responsible you are to post! Much impressed and my many prayers to go with her many thanks to you I'm sure. XOXO

joanny said...

You did a wonderful write for the two tango sweet hearts, chills up and down my spine,,, thanks for the update and prayers and more are on the way.

joanny

Jacqueline said...

My dear friend Deb,
What a lovely thing to do.....I'm afraid that we don't know this couple over here in the UK ( to my knowledge ) but I wish Alberto a full recovery and Valorie much strength to cope with all that lies ahead.
Lots of love to you Deb and speak soon. XXXX

Edith Hope said...

Dear Deb, What a wonderfully thoughtful posting. I have never heard of this couple but they are surely in my thoughts in the most difficult circumstances in which they find themselves. I wish Alberto a speedy recovery.

Renee Finberg said...

deb

you are the best.
i am praying for them both.

xxxx

red ticking said...

deb...
i was so saddened by this news. i will be praying for all to go well... you are such a good friend... xx

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I had the extreme pleasure to meet Valorie last March in New Orleans. I now call her my friend.

I shall continue to send out my heartfelt prayers to the tango twosome.

Thank you for showing the clip of the spectacular dancing pair. I had never before seen it.

PS. It is indeed a fabulous French Basketeer basket I am holding.

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

heartwarming post Deb!
You are so lovely as always...will pray for them! Did not know about the tango part.

hugs*

*Chic Provence* said...

Dear Deb

I know Valorie personally from a visit to New Orleans; am devastated for her and Alberto and will of course contribute right away...how very unsettling, wish I lived in Calgary to lend moral support.

She is one spirited lady, amazing, really. They are utterly devoted and love life and tango...

You are so kind to post this, thanks

Kit

goodniteirene.wordpress.com said...

thanks miss deb!!
will do.
love,
katie

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Me again,

I am in the process of organizing an online auction to benefit Valorie to begin on Friday, Nov. 5th.
Please stop by my blog for more details and if you could grab the button to help spread the word.

French Basketeer.com said...

Saw your post, Laura, I will do a basket + something(s) fab for the online auction.

24 Corners said...

It was lovely to watch Alberto & Valorie dance...you can see their love for each other in every move. Your post is as touching as the dance and I know it will bless them tremendously, what a very special friend you are, and most of all...what a very special person you are for doing this.

Thank you for sharing their needs so beautifully...
XO J~

Kristin said...

Oh dear. My heart aches for her. I can't imagine something like that happening to the hubs. Prayers going up!

Francine Gardner said...

Marvelous dancers..the video was so touching knowing that he is fighting for his life. I sent prayers and good karma.

Barbara said...

After reading the comments, I agree bloggers are the most generous people...not really a surprise. I will do what I can, will also click on some of the links above.
I wish this lovely couple the very best and keep them in my prayers. It can happen to any of us. Life throws curves.

A Perfect Gray said...

thank you so much for letting us know. a beautiful post for your friend and ours...

Punctuation Mark said...

great that you are spreading the word... i feel really bad for her and hope things get better soon!

mise said...

I don't know Valorie but I can surely understand her connection with you and many other people. Good for you for helping her so eloquently and effectively.

DolceDreams said...

Thank you for sharing,my prayers are there for them.
Nathalie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

How sad Deb..
You are so right about the friendships we form through blogging and the community spirit.. I don't know Valerie and Alberto.. but wish him a speedy recovery.. and know Valerie must feel blessed to have you as her friend... Sending them prayers and well wishes Deb.. xxx Julie