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Celebrating the Connections Across our Great Country!

Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Niagara 2012 012The 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.

Vancouver Walk 2012-Team MaliyahIt 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.

EdmontonWalk2008These 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!

Thank you!!!

Do you have any connections across Canada for the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy?

Terri Tumack is a Fundraising and Community Development Coordinator in Alberta.

National Volunteer Week 2013: Thank you Fire Fighters

Sarnia RC 1Canadian Fire Fighters have played an integral role for Muscular Dystrophy Canada since 1954.  Since that time, Muscular Dystrophy Canada has been supported by more than 600 Fire Departments and Associations across Canada, who currently raise close to $3 million dollars annually – for a total of over $70 million since 1954.  Each year, Career and Volunteer Fire Fighters give time both during their on and off-duty hours to organize Boot Drives, Rooftop Campouts, car washes, pancake breakfasts, magic shows, “Buck For Luck” campaigns, pub crawls, ladder-a-thons, raffles, and sporting events in support of an estimated 50,000 Canadians with neuromuscular disorders.  Through education, support, and media relations they generate much needed awareness of muscular dystrophy like no one else can.

We thank them for being our heroes every day, and for making a difference in the lives of people with neuromuscular disorders.  Here are just a couple examples of the amazing Fire Fighters who are helping make muscles move!


Make a big difference – in small ways!

pennyIf we think too hard about fundraising it can seem like an incredibly daunting task.  $500, $1000 – the amounts seem huge and hard to imagine raising, especially if we have never really fundraised before.  The reality is, with commitment, heart and a little effort small amounts become large VERY quickly!  I never fail to be amazed by the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy participants who bring in many pledge sheets filled line by line with $5 and $10 donations that add up to that single participant raising well over the hundreds and even thousand dollar marks.


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