Laps for Muscular Dystrophy
Laps for Muscular Dystrophy is a new fundraising campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. It was created by Brad Miller, a client who is also the author of the My Becker’s Story blog. Brad started sharing his story about living with Becker muscular dystrophy five years ago. He is also a huge motorsports fan. Brad grew up around racing as a child and is thrilled to be able to combine his love for motorsports with raising awareness of muscular dystrophy in Canada. Laps for Muscular Dystrophy was created as a great opportunity for Canadian race car drivers or teams to join together with Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by a neuromuscular disorder. Race drivers who joined in support of Laps 4 MD help raise much needed funds by donating $1 from every lap they lead to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Brad is so happy to have the support of some of Canada`s top drivers and excited about the future of Laps 4 MD.
In 2014 Laps 4 MD was supported by Dirt Track racer Shelby Mills. Shelby Mills is 22 years old and her home track is Brighton Speedway located in Brighton, Ontario. She was excited to have the opportunity to support Laps 4 MD during the 2014 race season and helped to raise $100 in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada`s mission! She says, ”As a nursing student, and now as a nurse, I wanted to incorporate that part of me into my racing. Supporting Laps 4 MD allows me to continue to participate in the sport I love but also help people and raise awareness for a great cause.”
During the 2014 race season, Laps 4 MD also welcomed well known race car driver Joey McColm as a supporter. Joey currently competes in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and is based out of Ajax, Ontario. McColm is pleased to be competing in the #25 Canada’s Best Racing Team Dodge. He is also a top contender to win NASCAR Canadian Tire Series most popular driver. All year long during pre-race autograph sessions, you could find Joey surrounded by a large crowd as he is truly a fan favorite. We are really looking forward to working with Joey yet again in 2015 as we have big plans in store! We thank Joey for all his support in 2014 and his donation of $250.
There is no doubt that in its first year Laps for Muscular Dystrophy has already been a huge success. Brad is happy to report that Laps 4 MD has done a lot to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy amongst many race drivers. So much so that at the end of the 2014 race season added two more racers! This included Canadian resident Ben Young, who competes in the British Superbike Championship with Team WD40. Young supported Laps 4 MD in his last two races of the season. He says, “It’s an honour to help support Laps 4 MD and their efforts to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by neuromuscular disorders.”
Near the end of the 2014 race season Laps 4 MD was happy to welcome Matt Garwood to the long list of those support Laps 4 MD. Garwood currently competes in the Formula 1200 Series and in 2012 was also awarded Rookie of the Year. Brad is so excited to have Matt join in support of Laps 4 MD and is assured that he is excited to be able to play a role in helping to improve the lives of those affect. Garwood says, ”It is an honour to support and represent Laps 4 MD throughout the conclusion of this year and in to the 2015 racing season. Laps 4 MD has been helping people with muscular dystrophy, and I am thrilled to lend a hand.”
As you can tell by the comments from the drivers who are already supporting Laps for Muscular Dystrophy, the future seems bright for this new fundraising campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Brad simply can’t wait till the start of the 2015 race season which is already shaping up to be even bigger and better!
My name is Brad Miller I am a freelance journalist living with Becker Muscular Dystrophy, a condition which limits my ability to walk and gets progressively worse over time. I created the My Becker’s Story blog in 2010 to share my story and to help raise awareness about Muscular Dystrophy. Have a look at Brad’s blog: http://my-beckers-story.blogspot.ca/
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