My First Walk for Muscular Dystrophy
On the third of May, I experienced my first Walk for Muscular Dystrophy! I was excited to finally attend one of the events that my colleagues had been working so hard on. My sister and I volunteered to help with registration at the Toronto, Ontario Walk4MD, along with some of my coworkers and other friendly volunteers.
We arrived bright and early to Cherry Beach Park, a lovely spot along the downtown waterfront. We went over our jobs for the day, then sat down and waited for the participants to arrive. Though it was a cold day, we gave smiles and received them right back from each person who came to the registration desk!
It was great to see how many people came out – those who come year after year, and the many first timers like me! Something new to this Walk was the tea and coffee tent, where people gathered and were able to interact over a nice hot drink.
I was inspired to hear the Master of Ceremonies Christina Massad speak, along with the Toronto Walk Ambassador Warren Jones, and Honorary Chairperson of the Toronto Walk, Anthony Farnell. I was hoping that having Anthony – who is the Chief Meteorologist at Global News – and Storm the Weather Dog at the Walk would keep the rain away.. but it rained anyways. The good thing was that the rain didn’t last very long!
By the time we volunteers set up the pizza lunch and the delicious tarts for dessert, the sky had cleared up, and we soon got our first walk, wheel and rollers crossing the finish line. And then the party began! Face painting, cotton candy, raffle draws, photo booth, and of course, some of our Fire Fighter friends giving people get the chance to sit in a real fire truck.
It was a wonderful day full of fun, laughter, community and awareness! The Toronto Walk for Muscular Dystrophy raised $78,952 – an amazing accomplishment! I will definitely be back again next year!
Maria Tassone is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the National office.