#Walk4MD 2015 Wrap Up

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Thank you to everyone who participated, donated or volunteered at a Walk for Muscular Dystrophy event this year! We asked each region to write up what the highlights of their 2015  Walk season where – here’s what they said:

Atlantic

Our 2015 Atlantic Walks for Muscular Dystrophy ended with a great final event in St. John’s on September 12th! A HUGE and HEARTFELT thanks to participants and their families, teams, donors, leadership volunteers,  Chapters, Fire Fighter friends, local sponsors and our regional sponsors- Lawton’s Home Healthcare, West Jet, Bounty Print and Vital Aire. To date, we have raised more than $200,000 at Walks in Atlantic Canada this year!

Congratulations to our provincial West Jet winners:

NS-Sarah MacKinnon(Pictou County Walk)

NB-Jocelyn Longpre (Moncton Walk)

NL-Rosemary Norman(St. John’s Walk)

PE-Krista Ahern (Charlottetown Walk)

Dystro-25Québec

The atmosphere at all of the Quebec Walks was celebration and joy. Sunshine and music filled every event – professional singers or DJs at each Walk made for wonderful events where everyone had fun. Participants also came in larger numbers, which tell us that this event has become more and more popular. The highlights of the 2015 Walk season were undoubtedly a balloon release in memory of a participant who left us, a Wheelchair race, a rally, super energetic animators, a trio of musicians, dancing firefighters and lots of adorable mascots!

Ontario

This year we had 16 Walks in Ontario, raising a total of $467,705.

In North Bay, Ambassador Jacob White and his parents were surprised by family and friends from all parts of Ontario and the United States who came to support Team Jacob. We had several first time participants who came, along with family and friends and are already looking forward to coming back next year. We had incredible support from Ontario Fire Fighters, who brought trucks, spoke at the event and even walked with participants. We had involvement from health professionals, researchers, clinics, local businesses and more- we are so thankful for this support. Overall it was a great year for the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy in Ontario and we are looking forward to 2016!

Manitoba

In Manitoba the Safeway Walks for Muscular Dystrophy were held on September 19 in Winnipeg  and September 20 in Brandon. For the first time that anyone in attendance could remember it wasn’t snowing, raining or both together.  The weather was lovely and record numbers came out to participate in both events. Local radio personalities MC’d the Winnipeg event and Fire Fighters led participants around the walk route. Over $27,000 was raised and a good time was had by everyone.

18648546062_beaa736692_kSaskatchewan

The weather could not have been better for this year’s Walks in Saskatchewan. The Walks took place in Prince Albert on September 13, Saskatoon on September 20, and Regina the following weekend on September 27.

The turn out for all the Walks has increased over the last couple years. I am happy to Report that ALL three Walks were attended by the local Fire Departments.  It was great to see them show their support and help kick off the Walks.  The Walks began with a bubble gun shot creating a great deal of excitement for all the kids.  People enjoyed having time to get together and visit with family and other clients that attended.  Tours of the fire trucks, face painting, crafts and the bounce houses kept the kids occupied. Everyone enjoyed the food and refreshments supplied by Safeway.

Together the Saskatchewan Walks were able to raise just over $51,000.00 this year – with donations still coming in!

Alberta

In spite of the challenging economic times in Alberta, with the help of Safeway, our Walk Ambassadors, Chapters, Fire Fighters, numerous community volunteers and all of our donors, we were able to pull off nine remarkably successful Walk for Muscular Dystrophy events over the summer.

We had so many incredible teams come out, some with well over 25 members.  Our top fundraising teams were Monster Jam Josh in Edmonton with an astonishing $14,351.60, followed by Team Hope in Red Deer with $13,317.10 and The Laytonators in Grande Prairie with $11,195.40.  Top individual fundraisers were Conrad Koshuta in Edmonton  with an astounding $6,820, Alana Morissette in Grande Prairie with $6,105, and Preston Coolidge in Lloydminster with $5,445.40.

Equally as important to the funds raised was the fantastic opportunity for families to make friends and build connections with others, as well as the vast amount of awareness raised for people living with neuromuscular disorders. Lots of fun was had by all, and we are excited for the 2016 Walk season!

21785604570_489646936c_zBritish Columbia

Another fabulous season of Walks has come to an end in British Columbia.  This year the wWlks took place in Victoria, Nanaimo, Burnaby and Surrey.  This year the walks have raised over $110,000 with more funds to trickle in.  We would like to thank this years ambassadors, Katie Schilling, Justin & Jayden Johal, Quinn Schaddelee and Alexander McCormack!  Our Top Fundraisers in B.C. were Alisa Gil Silvestre, Team Muscle Maddness, Keith Martin, Team MMR & Friends, and Alexander McCormack, Thee Golden Spirits.  Thank you to everyone who came out this year to help “Make Muscles Move!”

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