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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 Scott 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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