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Gift of Hope

gift-of-hopeWhen our son, Ethen, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, we were suddenly faced with lots of questions: Who could help us? Who understood what we were going through?

Our family doctor recommended that we call Muscular Dystrophy Canada. We did, and since becoming clients, we have found Muscular Dystrophy Canada to be kind, helpful and always there for us!

How has Muscular Dystrophy Canada helped us? They have been an integral part of every parent–school meeting, providing teachers and students with important facts about muscular dystrophy. They also were there to explain the government assistance forms and help with the application process.

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Rock on for a cure!

Crew and his painted rocks

Crew and his painted rocks

Ethan (13) and Crew (8) Poirier are no strangers to raising money to support the work of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. They have accompanied the Anderson family to each and every Brandon Walk for Muscular Dystrophy since the Walk started in the community back in 2010. They got involved because of their friend Andrea Anderson who was an inspiration to all that met her. Sadly, as a result of complications with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, Andrea passed away on April 11, 2015. Ethan and Chase have remained active and involved in honour of their friend Andrea.

The boys have found unique ways to fundraise including hosting an annual Valentines’ Day fundraising party with their grandparents, creating and selling rainbow loom bracelets, preparing and selling sold baked goods at a garage sale, and more. This year, Crew decided that he wanted to raise money for the Walk by selling beautifully painted rocks that he made over the summer – and his contribution helped Team Andrea raise over $1,500. Crew is already planning his rock sales for next summer and plans to expand to create and sell even more rocks!

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Fabulous Fundraising: How One Team Raised $72,000

 

erinkenstoryFourteen-year-old Erin Novakowski is a typical teenaged girl who really loves Starbucks, her phone and shopping. She also happens to have a form of muscular dystrophy called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type II.

“Although I never let my disability stop me from doing the things I love, I use lots of assistive equipment to help me throughout the day,” she explains. “And sure, people stare at me, but I just like to think it’s because I’m fabulous and they want to know where I got my pants.”

Erin’s infectious enthusiasm for life is one of the things that her friend Nicole loves about her. “She’s the girl who knows how to make the best out of any situation,” she says. And while Erin and Nicole’s relationship began because Nicole works part-time as Erin’s care aid, their bond has deepened well past the usual hallmarks of friendship, leaving the two of them feeling like sisters.

 

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Walk4MD 2016 Season Wrap-up

Surrey Walk4MD

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British Columbia

The Walks for Muscular Dystrophy have been a great success in BC this year. All together they raised over $130,000! In Victoria, Burnaby, Surrey and Nanaimo, as well as Penticton and the Walk for Lysa in Abbotsford, we had record attendance and huge support from the local community. This year new sponsors joined us like Vitalaire and Boehringer Ingelheim in addition we had a huge network of local businesses that provided prizes and in kind gifts. Once again our extended family at Muscular Dystrophy Canada stepped up the plate with teams fundraisings, volunteers coming forward to help, staff going above and beyond – everyone did their part to make this a successful year.

We’d like to send a special thank you to our ambassadors this year, Emily Swain (Victoria), Dale McLeod (Burnaby) Tyler Gallant (Surrey) and Ross Wristen (Nanaimo) – as Ross passed away earlier in the year, the Nanaimo Walk was also a celebration of his life, we’d like to extend thanks to his family and friends for allowing us to share that day with them.

Alberta

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Erin and her Squad

Alberta had a record breaking year, with many of their events reaching and exceeding goals. The star in Alberta this year was the Calgary Walk. Calgary doubled their goal and raised almost $120,000, with the help of the top team, Erin’s squad, who raised an incredible $71,000! Another Calgary shout out goes to Ken Carlson, the top fundraiser across Canada,  who single handedly raised over $56,000 for the Walk4MD.

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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!

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