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#Walk4MD 10 years of FUN-raising and support: Team Alex

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The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy season is upon us and we’re thrilled to be celebrating our 10th anniversary of our signature event nationwide.  So it’s time to get on those computers and sign up to walk, wheel or roll at your local #Walk4MD event!

The #Walk4MD is a celebration and fundraising event in support of Canadian individuals and families affected by neuromuscular disorders. This fully accessible event takes place in 50 locations across Canada, and includes activities for kids, snacks, refreshments prizes and our beloved Fire Fighters.

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Team up for the 2016 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

TheScientistsThe Walk for Muscular Dystrophy (#Walk4MD) season is revving up! Every year, hundreds of individuals and teams participate in Walk for Muscular Dystrophy events across Canada, joining together to work towards a common goal—raising funds and awareness for neuromuscular disorders.

Teams lie at the heart of Walk for Muscular Dystrophy, and we welcomed many great teams during the 2015 Walk season. Many teams get creative and arrive decked out in special team t-shirts or costumes, showing off their pride in each other, the Walk and our common cause.

One team that took it to the next level was the Scientists. Named for their work in “the Labs” (as they call the collection of four different labs at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto where they work), the Scientists consist of graduate students, research staff and faculty who study various muscular and neurological disorders. Recent winners of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s 2015 Ontario Regional Researcher of the Year Award, the Scientists will be returning to the Toronto Walk event for their third season. Their goal is to surpass their $5,000 fundraising goal from last year.

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Tips for creating a team for the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

  1. 1297609391691_ORIGINALFind your local event! Visit the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Website and find the location and date of the event nearest to you.
  2. Create your team! Start by downloading the Team Captain Toolkit. It contains information about registering your team, setting up your team page and recruiting new members.
  3. Next, plan your fundraising! Use the Fundraising Checklist to help ensure your fundraising activities are organized and effective. (more…)
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Team Little Man Austin at the Halifax Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Austin SweetOn April 1, 2011 we found out that our 4 year old son Austin had Duchene Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  This is the day that we realized that our sweet little boy was in for a long road ahead full of many challenges.  This is the day that we will never forget; it is the day that our lives were changed forever.

DMD is a fatal genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body’s muscles.  There are different types of muscular dystrophy: Duchenne is both the most common and the most severe form of the disease, affecting 1 in every 3,500 boys. Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys and it can occur in all races and cultures.  Although there isn’t a cure yet, there has been great progress and the question to finding the cure isn’t “if” but “when” the cure will be found.

Little Man Austin_Hfx WalkShortly after Austin’s diagnosis we found out about the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy in Halifax where we put in our team “Little Man Austin” to help fundraise for this amazing cause.  On the day of the Walk we met an amazing group of people and have been involved ever since.

Although we haven’t needed Muscular Dystrophy Canada directly yet for equipment, they have been a great help emotionally.  Muscular Dystrophy Canada also donates towards research for the cure.   It is great to know that they will be there when we need them for help down the road, whether that is next week, next month or in a few years.

Little Man Austin TVThis year, our family were the Halifax Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Ambassadors! It was great to lead the Walk (even in the rain) and talk to lots of people including Breakfast TV about this important cause.

We were able to involve lots of family and friends in our fundraising and were very happy to win the Top Team trophy raising $9226.00!

Let’s make a difference for our “Little Man” and others that are affected by muscular dystrophy and give generously to this great cause.

The Sweet Family

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