Why I’m lacing up
As many of you seeing this page know, my Mom has MS. She has lived with MS for more than 30 years. I have grown up watching this illness slowly (and sometimes quickly) take away aspects of life that most of us take for granted. The ability to stand, to walk, to feed yourself. The ability to scratch an itch. To push your hair out of your eyes. These are just a small sample of day to day activities that most of us take for granted that MS has taken from my mom.
I am also walking for someone that I have had the priviledge of getting to know over the past few years. Michelle is an incredible woman who is also living with MS. MS is an unpredictable disease; it affects everyone differently and at different rates. Michelle's MS has progressed at a faster rate. The way Michelle has tackled and dealt with these new and evolving challenges is inspiring. Her attitude, her outlook and her spirit are amazing. Michelle is a fellow dog lover, and Mom to one of Max's (my dog) favourite buddies. She has a wonderful sense of humour and often makes me laugh with her Facebook posts. And one does not need to know Michelle for long before the size of her heart is evident. I feel lucky to have met Michelle and I am walking for her as well.
This is why I am walking. I am walking in honour of these amazing women who are so strong and inspirational. I am walking because I can and that's not something to take for granted. I'm walking because it is a way to support those who are affected by this illness (both those living with MS and their families). I am walking to help spread the word and educate people about MS.
Your dollars at work
Every day 3 more Canadians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable illness that affects vision, balance, memory and mobility. We don’t know what causes MS and there is no cure, but I’m walking to help change lives beginning right where I live.
Your support means families in our community who are impacted by this often devastating disease do not have to face MS alone.
When you pledge me in the MS Walk, your funds are invested into groundbreaking MS research and services for the 100,000 Canadians living with MS.
Services and programs your fundraising supports:
- Financial assistance for special equipment and home care
- Supportive counselling for all those affected by MS
- Self-help groups and recreational programs for people with MS
- Government advocacy for people living with MS
Thank you in advance for your pledge to create a more hopeful future for those affected by MS.