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Inspired Walk for Muscular Dystrophy participant joins planning committee

Ikdip Brar-Peel RegionMy older brother, Mandip Brar, was only 23 years old when he passed away from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy over a year ago. He led his own team, Mandip’s Spirit Team, in the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy a few years ago. He said to me, “the least we can do is help raise money so a cure can be found for the younger ones with MD.” He had a big heart in hopes that a treatment or cure could be found for the younger generation with MD, regardless of whether or not a cure was found in his lifetime to save his life. He wanted to create a legacy as a leader – and my family and I have continued to make his legacy thrive by participating in the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

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Day in the Life: Jason Davison, Sarnia Professional Firefighter and Rooftop Campout Participant

Jason Davison-SarniaJason Davison, Sarnia Professional Firefighters Association L492

Sarnia Professional Firefighters Association Rooftop Campout 

When Chris Ireland, our Muscular Dystrophy Canada Firefighter representative, approached us with the idea of the Rooftop Campout I knew that I wanted to be on that rooftop. It was something new and fresh that still incorporated filling the boot but with a twist and is for a great cause. As soon as Chris started looking for campers I e-mailed him immediately. Within a few days we had heard back that the following members would be camping on the roof: Kevin Leplante, Doug McCurdy, Brad Lumgair, Randy McDonald, Jim Rose and myself. (more…)

Year to Come: 2013

YeartoCome2013Muscular Dystrophy Canada is looking forward to another exciting year in 2013.  We’re just a year away from the 60th anniversary of the organization in 2014, and we have lots happening to lead to that milestone.

Our dedicated Fire Fighter partners ended 2012 with a bang by starting off the Rooftop Campout season in Sarnia, ON and Nelson, BC, where thousands of dollars were raised.  Many more Rooftop Campouts will occur in the next few months during Canada’s chilly winter!

The 2013 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy season will begin May 4th when the first Walk event happens in Toronto.  The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy staff and planning committees have been busy organizing and there will be some new features and fun times to be had at all the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy events this year.  Be sure to check out the brand new Walk for Muscular Dystrophy site designed specifically for the Walk to read about all the details. Visit www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca.

There are several Research opportunities that have opened calls for applications, which can be found in the body of Moveit! and on our website.  In the fall, a publication called “Research in the Works” will be available to provide updates on all of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s research news.

Continue to read Moveit!, follow our Facebook, Twitter and blog and visit our website to stay updated on the many fundraising, research and services events that will come up in 2013.  Looking forward to a great 2013 filled with making muscles move! What are you most looking forward to?

Walk for Muscular Dystrophy offers fellowship and fun

Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Niagara 2012 013Although raising funds to support those affected by neuromuscular disorders is a goal of the Walk, it is not the only part. The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy is a fully inclusive, fun, family event. Far beyond the dollars and cents, the experiences, bonds, information and connections that people often come away with are more than they could have imagined.
Muscular dystrophy affects a broad range of people from all walks of life and varying ages. The Walk is an event that not only encourages people who are affected to attend, but also friends, family members, community members and general supporters. “The Walk gives everyone a chance to get together to meet other families and friends who are dealing with neuromuscular disorders,” said Brian Mino, a Niagara Region Walk planning committee member and long-time participant.

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