The Chance to Meet David Foster

The Chance to Meet David Foster

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I have been a big fan of David Foster for many years..... 19 to be exact.

Until 1998, when Avery was born with a critical heart defect, I didn’t even know that a hospital for sick kids existed, let alone one that saves thousands of children’s lives each year.

That was the year I learned that there are a lot of heroes; from the doctors and nurses, to the little patients they take care of, and to all of the philanthropists who generously support the hospital and provide much of the state of the art life saving equipment.

That was also the year I came to understand that there are more generous people in the world than I thought, and one of them being BC’s own David Foster.

Back then, I knew of David and how he was a great composer and that he’s worked with the most famous singers in the world. But I would find out that he was much more.

I kept seeing his name, as well as many others, on plaques along the hospital walls. That's when I found out about the David Foster Foundation.

His non-profit charitable organization is dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants.

 

For the past 30 years, the David Foster Foundation has assisted over 1,000 families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided much-needed dollars in direct family support. In 2006, the Foundation became a national organization, expanding to help families across Canada.

This is such an important foundation for many reasons. Often, young parents live paycheck to paycheck so when a child becomes critically injured, or sick, the last thing they need is to worry about how they can afford all the expenses involved with their crisis.

I know this all too well from our experience following Avery’s birth. Suddenly, our lives were turned upside down and we found ourselves living in the parking lot of BC Children's Hospital while our baby fought for his life in the ICU. To know that there are generous people out there like David Foster provides a relief that parents so desperately need.

 Thankfully, Avery didn’t end up needing a transplant, but it is sure a comfort for many parents to know his foundation is there to support whoever needs it!

One of the many reasons I wrote my book, Bravery, was to shed some insight to all the heroes who support BC Children’s Hospital. Heroes are exactly what they are in the eyes of a parent with a critically ill baby or child.

 


 

I wanted a parents’ perspective to let the doctors, nurses, and all the supporters of BC Children’s Hospital see how immeasurably valued they are. So, when I found out that Peter Legge was hosting a networking event and interviewing David Foster as the main guest, I dashed to my computer as fast as I could to order the best tickets available.

I was lucky enough to get VIP seats on the front row!

Determined to meet David, I wanted to give him a big hug, thank him for all his generosity, and perhaps even have an opportunity to give him a copy of Bravery!

When the day arrived, of course I tried on fifty different outfits.... what does one wear to meet one of their mentors and hero??? I picked a light summery peach blouse with off white capris and my new sparkly high wedged heels.....then wondered...... how tall is David Foster?

Well, I’m only 5’2”, so even with four-inch heels I will surely be shorter than him.

Then I grabbed a copy of Bravery and signed it, along with a note thanking him for his generosity to all the sick kids and their families.

On the drive to the city I must have looked funny to passer-byers. I had this ear-to-ear perma-faced grin the whole drive in; talking to myself with affirmations and conferring with the Universe that I wasn’t leaving the hotel until I met David Foster!

I wasn’t sure how it was going to happen, but knew it would!!

Upon being seated, I was delighted to find out that my seat was near centre stage and I would be 15 feet from David Foster!


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For two hours, David talked candidly about his successes and faux pas. He told us how the inspirations of many of his songs came to him. He spoke to how networking and finding what you’re good at, what you’re passionate about, are important keys to success and happiness.

He told stories about some of the stars he’s worked with, and an argument with Barbra Streisand (they remain best of friends). He joked about being a hopeless romantic and he is looking for wife number 5. At one point in the afternoon, the cutest little boy came on stage to say “Hi” to David. As it turned out, that boy was the recipient of a heart transplant who the David Foster Foundation supported.

There were so many entertaining moments that it is difficult to remember them all. But I will mostly take away that David Foster is a talent, a legend, with a charm and wit that I could listen to all day. And, by the way, he also remained a very handsome man.

When the interview came to close, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Would David go out the door? Would I have to stock him throughout the hotel?

Thankfully, no!

He came right out into the audience and started talking to people. I patiently waited for that moment of opportunity and jumped on it.

I said, “Hi, I’m Kim, and I have to have a picture with you."

Ughhhh, why did I say that???

He said, “Oh, you do, do you?” Then he said, “Are you Irish?”

I wanted to ask him why he thought I was, but instead blurted out, “Yes, I kissed the Blarney Stone last year and now I can’t stop talking!”

What???? Why on earth would I say that???

Oh well, he smiled and chuckled. I then told him I had a copy of my book to give him, and he said, “Oh, okay. Thank you, but I’m not a big reader.”

He must have saw a look of disappointed on my face and said, “Well, I promise to read yours, Kim.”

I briefly told him what it was about, and why I wanted him to have a copy. He seemed quite interested and we talked about his foundation for a bit, then I got my picture!!!

What a fantastic day. I had that same funny looking perma-grin for the entire drive home, fantasizing about David reading Bravery on his flight home to Malibu.

 


 

 


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