By: Katia (blogger for Commemoi.ca – the French version of Someonelikeme.ca)
On October 18th and 19th, I was lucky enough to be offered a unique volunteering opportunity in Montreal. I represented F.U.MS, the foundation started by Billy Talent’s drummer, Aaron Solowoniuk, who himself lives with MS. Accompanied by my sister, my mandate was to sell F.U.MS t-shirts as well as distribute buttons for the MS Society’s www.someonelikeme.ca website. As fans of the band, we last saw them in Quebec City three years ago and were really excited for these Montreal concerts; we were going to have the chance to attend their concert, not once but twice, at the Metropolis!
In the end, our promotion of F.U.MS and www.someonelikeme.ca at the concerts created a lot of awareness. Young fans, when learning about Aaron’s condition, felt concerned. Back when I learned about it, I remember having a similar reaction: how can he have MS and drum in a band?? How did he make this work with the amount of energy that shows and tours must demand? I was immediately very impressed, but mostly inspired.