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Inspired Walk for Muscular Dystrophy participant joins planning committee

Ikdip Brar-Peel RegionMy older brother, Mandip Brar, was only 23 years old when he passed away from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy over a year ago. He led his own team, Mandip’s Spirit Team, in the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy a few years ago. He said to me, “the least we can do is help raise money so a cure can be found for the younger ones with MD.” He had a big heart in hopes that a treatment or cure could be found for the younger generation with MD, regardless of whether or not a cure was found in his lifetime to save his life. He wanted to create a legacy as a leader – and my family and I have continued to make his legacy thrive by participating in the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

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Warming bodies and warming hearts!

ScarfFundraising can mean doing something that you really enjoy – Ontario volunteer Lucy DaSilva proves that every year!

Lucy has been an active volunteer for Muscular Dystrophy Canada for many years. As a member of the Peel Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy volunteer planning committee, an active fundraiser and participant, Lucy works hard to support a cause that is important to her.

Lucy DaSilva has come up with a way to combine her passion for raising funds and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy Canada with one of her hobbies. During the holiday season, Lucy puts her needle and thread to work and sells handmade accessories, and donates the profits to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

This year, Lucy is selling scarves. They are available in two lengths and any colour you can imagine! “I got the idea of making and selling Sashay scarves while shopping in Europe on vacation. These scarves were a big hit there – so why not make and sell them here for Muscular Dystrophy Canada as my fundraiser?”

“With Muscular Dystrophy a part of my life, I feel that giving back is rewarding.  I have met a lot of friends along the way and maybe one day my work will help others to beat muscular dystrophy and find a cure,” said Lucy.

This idea is a winning combination. Lucy gets to do something that she enjoys, while making a contribution to an organization that she supports!

Thank you Lucy for all of your effort to help make muscles move!  For more information on fundraising ideas, contact walkformusculardystrophy.on@muscle.ca

Stephanie Fenyes is a Revenue Development Coordinator for Ontario & Nunavut.

Oscar’s Roadhouse Event – September 15, 2012

The Peel Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy has become an annual event for the Basta family, one that Kim and Ashley look forward to year-round. The mother-daughter duo have been co-chairs of the volunteer planning committee for the last four years and attend the Walk with their family and friends in tow.

Both Kim and Ashley, along with other members of their extended family, are affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease and understand firsthand the importance of community support. “Muscular Dystrophy Canada has given such wonderful support to my family and me that I wanted to say thank you. There isn’t a whole lot of awareness out there regarding muscular dystrophy… so the Walk is a great way to give back and for the entire community to get involved,” said Kim.

Now they have taken a new approach to raising funds in support of their team at the Walk. Last year, rather than asking friends and family for donations, the Bastas had the idea of hosting an event at a local restaurant to raise funds instead. Teaming up with Oscar’s Roadhouse in Brampton, the family hosted a successful evening of fun and fundraising. “Oscar’s has great food, live music, is accessible and most importantly has an energetic staff willing to help in any way they can,” said Kim.

Due to last year’s success they have decided to do it all again! Attendees can look forward to another night of great music, prizes, giveaways and much more in addition to supporting a worthy cause that is close to the family’s heart. This event will support the Bastas’ fundraising efforts for the 2012 Peel Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

The event will be taking place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Oscar’s Roadhouse in Brampton. Festivities begin at 7:30 pm. Join in the fun and help make muscles move! You can email walkformusculardystrophy.on(at)muscle.ca for more details.

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