2018 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy - 2018 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

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Saskatoon Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

  Date:Saturday, September 15, 2018

  Location:Kinsmen Park (Next to Potash Corp Playland)
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  Time:Registration at 10:00 am, Walk begins at 11:00 am,
BBQ to Follow            

  
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Meet your Saskatoon Ambassador, Austin Pratt! 


My name is Austin Pratt and this is my second year participating in the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy. Until my diagnosis of FSHD in 2015, I didn't even know what Muscular Dystrophy was. Fascioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy is almost as hard to say as it is to explain. FSHD is a muscle disorder in which the muscles of the face, shoulder blades and upper arms deteriorate. This can happen quickly or over many years.

My diagnosis came after I began to struggle with lifting my hands above my head. Not knowing how FSHD would affect my life left a sort of void you could say. I was just about to turn 16 when we received the phone call saying the blood work was positive for FSHD.  I had spent my whole life wanting to become a Fire Fighter and follow in my Grandpa's footsteps, so this news was not what one wants to hear when planning on a very physical future. Since my diagnosis, I have learned that adjustments need to be made to my life plans, but I am not one to give up.

As I said before, last year was my first Walk. I came away from the walk with amazement. The most enjoyable part of participating in the Walk was the people. You meet all of these people that are going through similar feelings and emotions. Whether it is themselves, a friend or a family member, they are all there to support one another. I met new people and learned more about Muscular Dystrophy.

I still struggle with the biggest hurdle and that is the staring. Don't stare at me and wonder, ask questions! I will tell you everything you want to know.  I feel like awareness is the key. If we continue to talk and spread the word about the reason we Walk, more people would understand. I joined Barb at the 2017 Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Prince Albert. I admit going into the weekend I was very nervous, what could I possibly talk to people about when it comes to muscular dystrophy?  It was an amazing learning experience. I loved giving people knowledge about my disease so they can have a better understanding. I hope in talking to people about my condition and raising awareness about Muscular Dystrophy I can help just one person see things differently or feel better about what they are going through.

My family and friends are the biggest support group I have. They walked with me last year, they are walking with me this year and I know they will Walk with me in the future.  

Will you Walk with us?