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The March for Muscular Dystrophy: The Roots of the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

WALK_Toronto 2010 wheelchair on pathIn November of 1954, Fire Fighters in Toronto, Ontario began their first fundraising campaign for the newly created Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada. The March for Muscular Dystrophy had our Fire Fighting allies marching door to door with canisters asking for donations. National and local media promoted and publicized the week-long event.

By 1956 over 200 Fire Departments were involved with fundraising and awareness campaigns across Canada. The marching from house to house eventually gave way to other campaigns, such as the Fill the Boot.

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Not Another Me

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Lindsay Ell performing

I saw Lindsay Ell – an amazing performer from Calgary, Alberta – perform for the first time as one of the opening acts for The Band Perry in Oshawa, Ontario. As soon as she said the words, “muscular dystrophy,” I sat straight up. Having only been working at the National office of Muscular Dystrophy Canada for just over three months at the time, I knew most of the general public had either not heard of muscular dystrophy, or did not know what is was. But there Lindsay was, telling a sold out Oshawa Centre about her friend who is affected by muscular dystrophy.

Me, Lindsay, and my friend Tara

At the end of her set, Lindsay told the crowd that she would be doing a meet and greet – I knew I had to be there. I was second in line, and told her about how much I loved that song and that I worked for Muscular Dystrophy Canada and would love to share the song with all of you. Lindsay was so gracious, sweet and excited to have the opportunity to have you all hear the song and to tell you a little bit more about the meaning behind it. I had the opportunity to ask her some questions:

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A Letter to You

There are so many possibilities out there, and I hope you are taking them. I hope you have recognized just how special you are, and the power you have to become all you dream of becoming. Your life is all you have, and it can be all that you want it to be. Work hard. Work harder than everyone else. Do not wait for tomorrow, do it now. Because sometimes, those days never come.

Understand that sometimes life gives you struggles, but you have the opportunity to grow from it. You must decide who you want to be, and fight for all you can be. Be better today because of what happened yesterday. Make mistakes, have regrets, and learn from failure. Actually, fail all the time. Fail every day if you want. Just learn from it, grow past it, and do not let it steal you away. Love all your decisions, even if they turn out to be the biggest mistakes.

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