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2017 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Highlights


Highlights From Your 2017 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy


Hello Walkers!

It is my pleasure to get to share with you the results from this year’s Walk for Muscular Dystrophy! In the video you’re about to watch, we’ve highlighted incredible spirit and participation from coast to coast.

We are proud to say that together, we hit our milestone of 1.3 million dollars raised! This money goes directly to support families dealing with the challenges of living with a neuromuscular disorder. It supports cutting-edge research that is making leaps towards finding a cure, compassionate programs and services and funds equipment applications to empower clients. These supports make a huge difference in the lives of our families.

The Walk is an important fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, but it is also an opportunity for our supporters and community members alike to come together and strengthen the bond we all share. It is a chance for families, individuals, teams, volunteers and Fire Fighters to come together in a shared experience, walking, wheeling, and rolling to raise funds for a cause that we all hold close to our hearts.

The incredible work and enthusiasm you show each and every year ignites our passion and gives us the motivation to keep growing, while bringing new people into our community. We are thrilled with the 2017 Walk results, and we know that with you on our team, we can do even more next year!

Please know your support means the world to our community and we look forward to welcoming you to a Walk in 2018!

Now, for the highlights!

Starting in Newfoundland and Labrador, a big highlight was the participation of Team Roberts and others, who grew the Corner Brook walk by 100%.

On Prince Edward Island, we had a sea of blue as RBC turned up in big numbers to show their support!

In New Brunswick, Serge Lanteigne led the charge and became the top fundraiser in Atlantic Canada with a personal total of $19,970! Incredible work Serge!

And finally, rounding out the Atlantic provinces, the Halifax chapter held a gaming night that raised more than $4,000 dollars pushing the Halifax Walk total over $65,000 making it the top walk in the region!

In Quebec, we had a great turnout with almost 400 participants across the province. The Keindel Family and Friends were the top team raising $11,374!

Over to Ontario where the Peel Walk for MD had not only the largest fundraising total for an Ontario Walk this year, but was the largest Ontario Walk total ever! Congratulations to everyone who was involved in raising more than $70,000! Amazing!

In Manitoba, our Walks continued to grow with more than 200 people coming out to the Winnipeg Walk, the most we have ever had in that region!

It was a record year in Saskatchewan as well, bringing in a total of $87,721 dollars, the highest total to date!

In Alberta, Erin’s Squad led the charge again with an incredible $56,255 dollars raised, making them the highest fundraising team in Canada for the second year in a row! What an incredible accomplishment.

And last but not least, in British Columbia, four of the teams were in the top 10 fundraising teams across Canada! Special shout out to Thee Golden Spirits, MMR and Friends, Team Party Hardy, and Devon’s Dino Team!

We are so proud of the amazing accomplishments that all of our participants achieved in 2017 and the impact they have had on our community. Your passion and enthusiasm for Muscular Dystrophy Canada means that more Canadian lives are impacted each and every year. For that, we send you our heartfelt thanks and gratitude, and can’t wait to see what you will achieve in 2018! Keep on Walking Canada!

Muscles In Motion

1795569_600583466689649_1432355312_n2010 marked the first year for Muscles in Motion. An event I had been thinking about for more than five years was finally happening. 2013 marked our third year, tripling our donations and helping create more awareness for those affected with neuromuscular disorders. As we prepare for our upcoming event on May 31st,  it looks like we will again raise even more money and awareness. Below you will find out why this incredible event was designed.

I remember the day clearly when I received a phone call from the specialist. I was 18 weeks pregnant with my first child and my nephew Garrett had just been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The specialist told me it was urgent that I get tested to see if I carried the specific gene because I only had two weeks to terminate if necessary. I was horrified at the thought and in disbelief that someone would even suggest the possibility. At the time we were just learning what Garrett was about to go through, and there was no way I was getting tested even with all the information we had. I would support my child however it would enter the world. My sister at this time received her results and found she wasn’t a carrier after all, but there was a gene mutation when Garrett was developing.


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The Montreal High Rise Challenge: A spectacular and unique charity event!

Logo Défi_ScottFriday, May 16th, at the Stock Exchange Tower

Fearless Fire Fighters, policemen, paramedics and members of the public will soon be celebrating 60 years of involvement!

Imagine that you want to climb a flight of stairs to go meet the love of your life, but you can’t because your muscles won’t let you…. For 60 years now, Fire Fighters from all over Quebec have been putting their hearts to work by organizing a series of events on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy Canada, who steadfastly supports people whose muscles have stopped working. The flagship of these events is the Scott High Rise Challenge, which has been held every year since 1997.

Adrenaline, muscles and heart for a worthy cause.

The Scott High Rise Challenge is the only event of its kind in Canada aimed specifically at emergency workers, but also open to the general public. It’s the second largest high rise challenge in North America, behind the Seattle event in the U.S. Climb. Conquer. Cure. Every dollar raised contributes to the advancement of research and helps thousands of adults and children with muscular dystrophy and their families. (more…)

Community of 800 rallies support for young boy with unbelievable fundraising efforts

Lashburn, Saskatchewan is a small community with a big heart.  They moved their muscles in show of support of a local family on September 22 by hosting a dinner and silent auction.  300 tickets were printed and up until two days before the event, only 30 tickets had been sold in the town of 800 people. But this little community and surrounding area took up the challenge and sold the event out.

The organizer, and mom, Geri Coolidge had no idea what to expect when she started planning this event. Her goal was to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and raise funds to find a cure for this disorder.  The Coolidge family have utilized Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff to get information and support.  Her son, Preston, was diagnosed earlier in 2012, and after the acceptance of the diagnosis the Coolidge family got to work.  End Duchenne magnets were created and sold, old cell phones were collected for refund, and the fundraiser night started to come alive. In a very short time, Geri and Preston have raised awareness of muscular dystrophy in their community, so much so that community members reached out themselves to Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff to learn more about DMD and how they can help the young boy in their community.

The evening featured a dinner, silent auction and live entertainment with a community of support who helped raise over $46,713.55. On October 19, Preston and Geri presented Muscular Dystrophy Canada with a cheque from their End Duchenne fundraising evening.  The local community has requested this become an annual event.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff are available to offer support and resources for clients, individuals with neuromuscular disorders, their families, their communities or anyone looking for information or ways to help.

What can you do in 60 minutes?

60 Minutes. 1 hour.  It doesn’t sound like much, but a great deal can be accomplished in that time.  You could watch an episode of Glee, play a house league soccer game, take a pottery class or practice yoga.  Or you could also use that amount of time to volunteer.

If you donated just 60 minutes a week of your time, which is only 52 hours of the 8760 hours in a year, you would be giving back to your community and supporting fundraising, support programs and services for clients and their families.  You would also collect volunteer hours for school, gain new skills and experience for your resume, network with community members and leaders, and make new friends.

In 60 minutes a volunteer can:

  • Call 35 people to invite them to a Health and Information Day
  • Send 40 thank you letters to Walk for Muscular Dystrophy participants
  • Stuff 70 envelopes in a mail campaign to bring wider awareness of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission
  • Paint the faces of 15 children at a Walk for Muscular Dystrophy
  • Attend a chapter meeting to plan a BBQ fundraising event
  • Make a difference and have a feel good day!

You have 168 hours in your week.  What could you accomplish if you offered just one of them to Muscular Dystrophy Canada?

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