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GENERAL_circle around puzzleIf all the world’s a stage, our dedicated volunteers at 38 Chapters across the country deserve a standing ovation for their starring and supporting roles. Our passionate Chapter members bring us together and strengthen us.

They provide educational sessions, ongoing peer support and mentorship. They conduct outreach to share the stories of individuals affected by muscular dystrophy with members of the public, from children in daycare to students,
career professionals, Fire Fighters and the wider community. They plan and organize countless activities to spread some joy, advocate for change, raise awareness and essential funds.

They do it all with grace. And with the constant awareness that, without the generosity of our caring donors, we could not afford to offer the programs and services
that support our community.

At the Halifax Chapter, Wayne Holland, 55, is both Chapter President and an active member. Initially diagnosed with limbgirdle muscular dystrophy and later, Becker muscular dystrophy, for 15 years, along with other volunteers, Holland has planned activities (from family bowling tournaments to wheelchair hockey and Youth Nights). As
he explains it, the Chapter “saves a lot of people grief and headaches when they don’t know where to go.”

Over the years, Holland has received partial funding for four wheelchairs; a lift system for his bedroom and breathing apparatus for sleep apnea. He admits, “If it weren’t for Muscular Dystrophy Canada and my wife’s medical benefits, I don’t know what I would have done.”

Graphic designer and photographer, Nick Vidito, 27, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at age four. At seven, he needed a manual wheelchair and at 12, a power wheelchair.

“I have benefited very well from the support I’ve received,” says Vidito. “Muscular Dystrophy Canada has helped me with funding for equipment and without this equipment I couldn’t live my everyday life.” A former Halifax Walk for Muscular Dystrophy ambassador, Vidito’s public speaking skills have raised awareness and sourced Walk sponsors. Last year, he raised over $4,600. Says Vidito: “I fundraise for muscular dystrophy to give back to people in need.”

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This story is a part of the 2013-2014 Annual Report. Read the full document here.

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