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My First Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

My sister, me, and two of my co-workers

My sister, me, and two of my co-workers

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 14305684313_c9ed6250f7_zyear 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! (more…)

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…)

Team Kenti invites you to their annual fundraiser on April 13, 2013

It’s that time of the year again!

Team Kenti, the 2012 York Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy top fundraising team are hosting their annual event in support of their fundraising efforts.

Join Team Kenti and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and fun, while supporting a cause that is very close to their hearts. The event includes live music by the band House of Voodoo, door prizes, draws, a challenge game and snacks.

Members of Team Kenti, including Jan Switzer (second from right) and  Julia Chernin, from Muscular Dystrophy Canada (right).

Members of Team Kenti, including Jan Switzer (second from right) and Julia Chernin, from Muscular Dystrophy Canada (right).

Jan Switzer, a member of Team Kenti fundraises and participates each year because she believes in the benefits of the event. “The most important message from the Walk is the education it provides. When I participated in the first Walk, very few of my sponsors even knew about muscular dystrophy. The Walk provides awareness; [it is] the first step to putting more focus onto the disease; the individuals who suffer and the families who provide endless hours/years of strength & support.”

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013

Time: Doors open at 1:30 pm, the event runs from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Locations: The El Mocambo Tavern – 464 Spadina Avenue, Toronto (Map)

Cost: $20 includes all activities and snacks. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

We hope to see you there!

Walk for Muscular Dystrophy offers fellowship and fun

Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Niagara 2012 013Although raising funds to support those affected by neuromuscular disorders is a goal of the Walk, it is not the only part. The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy is a fully inclusive, fun, family event. Far beyond the dollars and cents, the experiences, bonds, information and connections that people often come away with are more than they could have imagined.
Muscular dystrophy affects a broad range of people from all walks of life and varying ages. The Walk is an event that not only encourages people who are affected to attend, but also friends, family members, community members and general supporters. “The Walk gives everyone a chance to get together to meet other families and friends who are dealing with neuromuscular disorders,” said Brian Mino, a Niagara Region Walk planning committee member and long-time participant.


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