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