Team Walk for Ward brings the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy to Sarnia
A Family brings awareness and spirit to their community
This past May, Sarnia held their second annual Walk for Muscular Dystrophy event and just like in its inaugural year, was a huge success.
While this event has now grown into a community effort with participation from many local families, it was once the idea of one group of family and friends. Having participated in the London Walk for Muscular Dystrophy previously, team Walk for Ward, led by the efforts of Lisa Headrick, decided they wanted to bring more awareness into their community through this event.
“I got in contact with [Muscular Dystrophy Canada] and got all of the information, I discussed it with a few of the people that were interested in being on the committee and we decided to go for it,” Lisa says of her decision.
Lisa’s husband, Ward, was diagnosed with Facio-Scaptural Humeral Muscular Dystrophy which affects facial muscles, shoulders, chest and limbs at 24 years old. “I participate in this walk annually in support of my husband, Ward, and everyone that we have met along the way in this journey. I believe that staying strong and believing in a cure will keep us positive.”
By bringing this event to their community, the family helped encourage new people to get involved with the organization, where before there hadn’t been many opportunities. For the family, it was about much more than creating a new fundraising event, it became about making connections and forging friendships with others affected by neuromuscular disorders in the community.
In addition to the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy, team Walk for Ward have expanded their fundraising efforts by creating their annual Pasta Fest, a third party event in Sarnia with proceeds going toward their teams’ fundraising efforts. They have gotten many local businesses to participate by sponsoring these events, and even secured a title sponsorship by getting their family business, Lambton Metal Services, involved two years in a row.
Team Walk for Ward’s efforts have provided the Sarnia community has come together with a common goal, to help raise funds and awareness of those living with neuromuscular disorders.