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Events to boost your #Walk4MD Fundraising

15608210161_e7fc3270ff_kFundraising for your #Walk4MD team can be daunting. It can also be tiresome if you’ve done it for many Walk seasons. Third-party events are a great way to engage your potential supporters including family, friends, and co-workers who will then hopefully contribute to your goal!

There are the simple events – a bake sale, a shoe campaign, garage sale. Then there are the larger events where you can work with a restaurant or a store. Many companies have programs dedicated to helping out with third-party ‘Special Events’. You can approach the business and ask if they do third-party events, what they offer if they do, and what your cause/reason for the event is. If you need help along the way, contact us!

Here is a great story of a successful Special Event in support of the #Walk4MD: (more…)

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The countdown is on to #YIAatlantic!

YIAlogo_Atlantic-EYouth In Action Atlantic is coming up from August 19-21, in Moncton, New Brunswick. As the lead organization, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, in partnership with the New Brunswick Disability Executives’ Network and the New Brunswick Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, is hosting this three day summit, funded by Government of New Brunswick and TD.

The event is bringing together teens and young adults across all disabilities and all Atlantic provinces – and Quebec too.  Sixty youth aged 14 to 30 are stepping out of their comfort zone to explore post-secondary and career options. #YIAatlantic will be both interactive and informative!

Educational sessions, panel discussions and social events pepper the schedule of the conference. Atlantic Canadian universities and education agencies will be on hand at Friday’s Post-Secondary Education Expo, while local supports and resources join the mix at Saurday’s Community Supports Marketplace. #YIAatlantic’s engaging agenda and resource-rich environment is strong encouragement for those in attendance to continue to learn, expand their horizons, and build a system of supports. Peer networking, in the form of a dance party, will surely be the cherry on top of a wonderful weekend!

MDC Ambassador Luca ‘Lazylegz’ Patuelli will bring his No Excuses, No Limits motto to the dance floor and the podium, and Canadian television legend Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) will bring her advocacy for mental health and addiction to the agenda. Our friend Maayan Ziv will also be on hand to lend her perspective on accessibility, technology, and blazing your own path. To see the full list of amazing speakers participating at #YIAatlantic click here.

It is sure to be a fun, informative, and inspiring weekend! Keep your eyes on the following social media channels for insight during #YIAatlantic (track this hashtag too)!

twitter.com/MDAtlantic

twitter.com/MD_Canada

facebook.com/Muscular-Dystrophy-Canada-Atlantic-Services

facebook.com/muscle.ca

You believe in youth with disability, right?! Please sign up to Thunderclap TODAY to commit a social media post to our campaign. With your help, on August 20th, thousands of people across Canada will boost the confidence and morale of youth with disability as they map their future and plan for independence. Join the movement, show your support, here.

Visit www.yia-aj.ca for more information on the conference.

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I Can, Take Charge of My Health Education Day: Dr. Janice

10170263175_da527170b0_kOur Winnipeg office held their I Can, Take Charge of My Health Education Day in March. Dr. Janice Richman Eisenstat, a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Medicine and Palliative Respiratory Care Specialist in Edmonton, was one of the speakers. Dr. Janice as she is known, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Pulmonary and Neurology Divisions, Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Three years ago, she and her colleagues started the first multidisciplinary neuromuscular clinic for adults in North America.

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How I See It: Use Your Voice

IvanaI do not believe that your circumstances make up your identity. I do not believe life is now how it will always be and who you are can never change. I didn’t always think this way, but I believe it now.

One of the biggest questions I think a lot of us ask is, “Why?” Why do we lose the ones we love? Why do we have to fight battles we do not choose? Those are the two biggest. When we lose something or someone, something happens – we stop living.

We all have to face these questions, sometimes more than once. It isn’t easy. We try and beat the odds, while all at the same time keeping the fear of the unknown from sight. We are afraid of what is slowly being taken away and hoping it will all be over soon. But sometimes it never goes away. So what do you do when body armour isn’t helping you? Feel. Feel what hurts so much. Feel what has been hiding. Feel what you are afraid of.

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Stay Safe! Wildfire Preparedness

14852815074_fd07458075_oTWThis article is being written as firefighters from coast-to-coast reflect on the outstanding efforts put forth by their colleagues in Fort McMurray. We salute all of the first responders, many of whom who put the good of the community ahead of their personal considerations, as they dealt with the devastation of the wildfire that swept through the Fort McMurray area in early May.

Over the past couple of articles we have offered thoughts and suggestions as to how someone with a neuro-muscular disorder might prepare for the occurrence of an emergency which impacts you personally. Of particular importance were the preparations we recommended you put in place, in the event you are displaced from your home. A wildfire would certainly be such an event.

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