20 years of golfing for a cure for MS ...
Because this is my 20th year in this event, my goal for 2018 is to raise $20,000. If I succeed, Agrima Botanicals* will match my $20k and turn it into $40k. Just imagine!
Agrima has been participating and raising money for the MS Society for over 4 years. Their passion to help stems from colleagues, employee family members and medical patients having multiple sclerosis which lead the company to want to do more and help raise funds and awareness to increase research and services for the MS Society of Canada.
My first encounter with MS was in 1979. I worked as an auxiliary nurse at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge, England.
I especially recall one of our patients; she stood out as both a model patient and as a very frightening example of what this disease can do.
Her name was Helen. She was probably in her mid-thirties. She was intelligent and funny, full of joie de vivre. She was also unable to stand or walk; she needed full assistance transferring from bed to wheelchair. She could dress herself, but slowly and only when sitting down; she could not sit fully upright for any extended period of time. She needed help with basic personal hygiene, and she was wearing a catheter.
Helen was sociable and participatory, but she tired easily, and spent much of her time napping. She was unable to feed herself. She did not have the strength to hold a spoon or a fork, but as part of her therapy – and her stubbornness – she would try and try and try again. Never upset, never angry, never disillusioned – or at least never showing it. Despite her situation, she always exuded grace, vigour and optimism.
When I received the diagnosis myself in 1998, the image of Helen was first in my mind. Was this what I could expect for myself? In my ignorance I did not know that MS could manifest itself in so many different ways. I really only knew how it affected Helen. What would be in store for me?
While I have recovered most of my agility and strength since my first attack in 1998, others are not as fortunate; these are the people I golf and fundraise for now. You may say, I golf for all the Helens of the world.