Celebrating the Connections Across our Great Country!
The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy season is well underway across the country. Each year the Walk events across the country engage new individuals and new teams. As staff and organizers it is always fascinating to watch the season unfold! We plan, we organize and we wait and anticipate and encourage our past participants to get busy, sign up, and start spreading the word about the Walk – and the reason for the Walk. Our clients and volunteers never let us down as they jump on board to fundraise and participate in the Walks each year, and year after year as we watch the Walks grow and the funds roll in we know that we are onto something good.
It is incredibly gratifying and exciting when we begin to draw connections between our clients in one geographic location and their friends and family participating at Walks in other geographic locations. More and more often we are seeing this – mom with the muscular dystrophy diagnosis lives in Nova Scotia, and her daughter is walking for her mom in Alberta where she lives; a young grandson is diagnosed with muscular dystrophy who lives in Alberta, and grandma and a ton of extended family are walking for him in Ontario where they live; a woman’s childhood friend from the Maritimes dies from complications caused by muscular dystrophy and she walks in Alberta each year in memory and honor of her friend. These are just a few of the many examples.
These connections tell us that the Walk is working! By holding Walk events in key locations across the country we ARE raising awareness, spreading information, and making sure people know about muscular dystrophy – YOU are raising awareness and making a difference by honouring and celebrating YOUR loved one on Walk day no matter where he or she is, and no matter where you are!
Do you have any connections across Canada for the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy?
Terri Tumack is a Fundraising and Community Development Coordinator in Alberta.