Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world.
It’s true – 100 000 Canadians live with MS. Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and vary for everyone.
I’m taking the challenge to help the MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS and their families. Proceeds from my campaign and others like it provide support and services to help those living with this disease, their families and caregivers. They also fund research with three primary goals: to find a cause and cure for MS, repair nervous system damage caused by MS and stop MS attacks. By supporting me, you too can make a difference in the life of someone with multiple sclerosis.
I am an 11 year boy from Prince Albert, SK and I have a story to share. My godparents, Laurie and Gord, both have a diagnosis of MS. MS is an auto-immune disease that attacks the central nervous system, often taking away a person’s independence by weakening muslces, affecting balance and sensation, and making it difficult to organize thoughts, communicate and make decisions. Laurie and Gord lived in PA and we spent a lot of time together. They frequently attended my sporting, church and school events and supported me and my family. Now they live in Regina, to be close to their family and their cabin. I miss them and I want to give back.
Their move to Regina was both physically and emotionally draining for all of us, especially for Laurie, Gord and their two children. I was inspired by their strength and positive attitude.
In honour of Laurie and Gord, my mum and I are trekking 400 km (the distance from Prince Albert to Regina) to raise awareness and money for MS research and services. Our plan is to walk, bike, swim, kayak, horseback ride, etc. to reach my goal. To add to the fun, I adopted 2 VIDs - Very Important Dogs - Emmitt and Eston! They will keep us company on our journey. We will start our trekking on April 30th at the Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk in Regina. After that event, we will track and post our kilometers trekked at public events and private excursions. We will host fundraisers locally within the Prince Albert area.
My goal is to raise $4000 and complete my 400 km trek by November 8th, 2017 - my 12th birthday. All events and updates will be posted online. Please follow my journey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/trek4ms to see my progress, updates and photos.
I am doing whatever it takes in the fight to end MS. Will you join me?
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