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Sara sends out a huge Thank You to Canada Safeway for “Making Muscles Move”

A Thank You address to Canada Safeway on the first day of their Making Muscles Move campaign:

Sara and her coach Robb after winning a Regatta

Sara and her coach Robb after winning a Regatta

I’d like to start out with a big THANK YOU to Canada Safeway and all Canada Safeway staff members for your continued support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.  Through the Make Muscles Move Campaign you are making a huge difference in many people’s lives.

In 2011 I was awarded a Safeway Mobility Grant to help with the purchase of a modified wheelchair accessible van.  This van is set up with modifications that allow me to drive from my power wheelchair.  It has, without a doubt, been a game changer in terms of my independence.

Before I received my van, travel with my power wheelchair was restricted to local areas accessible by street, public transportation, or taxi.  Having the ability to now take my power wheelchair anywhere in the city, or really anywhere I can drive, has significantly increased my sense of worth.  Not only can I get to work, the grocery store, or sailing practices on my own, but I am also more independent upon arrival due to the availability and use of my power wheelchair.

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Team Maliyah – Vancouver Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Vancouver Walk 2012-Team MaliyahMaliyah Chung was only 14 months old when she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2. A bright, determined young girl, Maliyah uses a wheelchair because of her condition and progressive weakness. But getting around in a 300+ pound wheelchair isn’t easy for Maliyah, especially at home where stairs, corners, doormats, and even the bathrooms, are obstacles. Thanks to Canada Safeway, Maliyah now has the freedom to access every area of her home. The Chung Family received a generous donation through the Safeway Mobility Grant,  allowing them to make essential home renovations to enhance Maliyah’s quality of life.  Today, Maliyah can travel all over her house.

As her parents, Joel and Farah tell us, “With all of the challenges she has and will continue to face, the thought of Maliyah being confident, as independent as she can, and free in her own home brings happiness to us.”

MaliyahThe Chung Family participated in this year’s Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy in Vancouver, BC. Donned in their own team t-shirts , Team Maliyah arrived at our Jericho Beach Walk with an amazing 70 people along with them! They won the Largest Team Award and raised $3,120 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada this year! Thank you to the Chung Family for bringing their spirited family and friends to the Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystophy and for helping us help others affected by neuromuscular disorders!

Support the Chung Family by voting for the family to win a grant with the Aviva Community Fund for an inclusive wheelchair playground in Port Coquitlam, BC. Vote today and tomorrow! The polls close December 12th.

5 Reasons to Attend Youth in Action 2012: Youth Conference in Calgary this August

Youth in Action 2012

Muscular Dystrophy Canada and sponsor Canada Safeway are extremely excited to be planning Youth In Action (YIA) 2012.  YIA is a National Youth Conference which will be held August 24-26, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta.  Participants spend an action-packed weekend with youth and families affected by neuromuscular disorders, participating in interactive workshops, hearing from inspirational speakers, and enjoying social evenings with lots of great entertainment.  There are dozens of reasons to join in this amazing event, but here are the top five:

1)      Make new friends and see the old!

YIA is geared toward 15-24 year olds but everyone is welcome, including health and service professionals, clients, family members and caregivers.  You can make friends from across the country by sharing fun bonding experiences. And this is the third Youth Conference that Muscular Dystrophy Canada has hosted so it’s a great chance to reconnect with friends you’ve made in past years!

2)      Entertainment every night!

YIA is held on a weekend so you know having fun is on the agenda for Friday and Saturday night!  Details are still being arranged, but it’s official that Saturday night’s entertainment will include a performance by one of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s own ambassadors—Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli!

3)      Travel Grants are available!

Conference fees cover workshops, activities and five meals, and cost $80 for youth (plus one family member/caregiver).  But travel and hotel can be expensive—especially if you’re travelling cross-country—this is where Canada Safeway Travel Grants come in handy! Grants can cover airfare or mileage plus two nights of hotel accommodation.  To be eligible for this funding, you must have a neuromuscular disorder, be between the ages of 15-24 and be a registered client of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.  Registering with Muscular Dystrophy Canada is FREE and applying for travel grants is as easy as creating a video or writing a short essay!

4)      You can be heard!

You’ll explore options, hear about new opportunities, receive advice from people who know what it’s like to be where you are, and get motivated to advocate for changes that will improve the lives of people with muscular dystrophy. You will also have the opportunity to tell Muscular Dystrophy Canada Board members and staff about what matters to you and how we can help you achieve your dreams. Sounds good, eh?

5)      Calgary is Awesome!

As if all that weren’t enough, YIA is being held in Calgary, Alberta.  Whether you’ve never been or live nearby, it’s a great reason to visit a beautiful part of our great nation!

See you in August at Youth in Action 2012! Register today!

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