2017 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy - 2017 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

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London Walk for Muscular Dystrophy
  Date:Saturday, June 10th, 2017
  Location:Gibbons Park
2A Grosvenor St., London, ON
A 1km and 5km route will be marked out
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  Time:Registration at 10:00am, Walk begins at 11:00am
  
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Meet our London Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Ambassador

Jeffrey Preston is hosting this event and will be there to greet you at the walk!

I was diagnosed at 3 months old and having been volunteering at Muscular Dystrophy Canada events since I was 3 years old. The local Walk for Muscular Dystrophy seemed like a fun way to continue the work I’ve been doing most of my life.

I think the Walk event is important for two main reasons. Obviously, the opportunity to raise funds to help a good cause is a significant reason. But I think events like the Walk are critical in the muscular dystrophy community because they provide an opportunity for those affected by muscular dystrophy and their family/friends to come together in solidarity with other similar people and families. Muscular dystrophy can be a lonely disorder for some, so these types of opportunities are so important for helping some to see that they’re not alone in this fight.

It is so easy to feel crushed by the immensity that is muscular dystrophy – it seems like such a HUGE problem and, at times, we can feel powerless to do anything about it. The good thing about events like the Walk is that it is a tangible step we can take towards making the lives of people with muscular dystrophy better. By doing some fundraising and getting out with friends and family, we can feel like we’re actually moving forward and that, best yet, we’re not moving forward alone.

Challenge yourself not to reach a fundraising goal but just to raise as much as possible and walk as far as you can. Whether it’s $1 or $1,000, 1 step or 1,000 steps, your efforts will be greatly appreciated!

One of my most important memories from working with Muscular Dystrophy Canada as a campaign assistant when I was young was meeting a past Poster Boy named Michael – we became fast friends and enjoyed scheming together at the Labour Day Telethons all those years ago in Toronto. He passed away several years after we met but the ferocity with which he fought muscular dystrophy has always stuck with me. I am walking for Michael – whose memory will never die and whose mission we are all carrying forward all these years later.

-Jeffrey Preston