Walk4MD 2016 Season Wrap-up
The Walks for Muscular Dystrophy have been a great success in BC this year. All together they raised over $130,000! In Victoria, Burnaby, Surrey and Nanaimo, as well as Penticton and the Walk for Lysa in Abbotsford, we had record attendance and huge support from the local community. This year new sponsors joined us like Vitalaire and Boehringer Ingelheim in addition we had a huge network of local businesses that provided prizes and in kind gifts. Once again our extended family at Muscular Dystrophy Canada stepped up the plate with teams fundraisings, volunteers coming forward to help, staff going above and beyond – everyone did their part to make this a successful year.
We’d like to send a special thank you to our ambassadors this year, Emily Swain (Victoria), Dale McLeod (Burnaby) Tyler Gallant (Surrey) and Ross Wristen (Nanaimo) – as Ross passed away earlier in the year, the Nanaimo Walk was also a celebration of his life, we’d like to extend thanks to his family and friends for allowing us to share that day with them.
Alberta had a record breaking year, with many of their events reaching and exceeding goals. The star in Alberta this year was the Calgary Walk. Calgary doubled their goal and raised almost $120,000, with the help of the top team, Erin’s squad, who raised an incredible $71,000! Another Calgary shout out goes to Ken Carlson, the top fundraiser across Canada, who single handedly raised over $56,000 for the Walk4MD.
The Edmonton event was a huge success, returning to the beautiful Gold Bar park. The Walk4MD raised over $62,000! The top team was Devon’s Dinos, who were attending the Walk for the first time in support of 3 year-old Devon who is affected by muscular dystrophy.
June saw two walks – Red Deer and Hinton. Red Deer was a small, but mighty Walk. Team Hope was the top fundraising team raising almost $5,000! Hinton saw big support from their local Fire Fighters who held a BBQ and a car wash to contribute to the Walk4MD. The final walk in Alberta was Grand Prairie. Ambassador Layton Lossing helped inspire the LAYTONATORS to be the top fundraising team! The team always shows up ready to walk, and uses the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
Another great year in Saskatchewan for the Walk4MD – and we couldn’t have planned for better weather! The Lloydminster Walk kicked everything off on Saturday August 13, 2016, in the province of Saskatchewan, bringing in more people than ever before. A total of 30 people showed up this year in the boarder city to help walk, wheel or roll for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. We welcomed two new families to the mix, and a great time was had by all. Over $7,200 was raised by this small group of people.
The next Saskatchewan Walk took place on Saturday September 10, 2016 at Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon. Though this Walk was not as strong as it has been in past years, everyone came out with great ambition and again a wonderful time was had by all. Saskatoon was able to raise just over $30,000 and still holds the title for Saskatchewan’s largest Walk with over 150 people in attendance.
Saturday September 17, 2016 finished things up in Saskatchewan as a group of over 60 people gathered in Regina at Rick Hansen Park. The goal for Regina was $6,000… they blew that out of the water before the Walk even began raising over $11,500 and reached an attendance record for the Regina event!
Everyone is gearing up and plans to make next year even better!
Despite the cold, drizzly, Manitoba Fall Weather the Walks in Winnipeg and Brandon have raised over $24,000 with money still trickling in. Thank you to everyone who braved the elements to come out and congratulations to all our awards recipients.
This year there were a total of 15 Walks in Ontario. With donations still coming in, thanks to all of you, we have surpassed last year’s fundraising total!
At the Peel Region Walk, Team JRun had family and friends who flew in from around the world to support them as the Ambassador family. They hosted several third part events and are the top fundraising team in Ontario!
The Move it for Muscular Dystrophy shoe campaign continues to be a huge success and catch on with new schools. Selling paper shoes as a fundraiser has proven to be a great way to raise awareness and revenue for some of our teams.
There were several first time participants who came, along with family and friends, who are already looking forward to coming back next year. We had incredible support from Ontario Fire Fighters who brought trucks, spoke at the events and walked with participants. We had involvement from health professionals, researchers, clinics, local businesses and more- we are so thankful for this support!
Another great year for the Ontario #Walk4MD events has come to a close and we can’t wait to see what happens next year!
We have lots to be proud of! Check out these great stories from the Dystromarche season:
Despite the cold, the Quebec Dystromarche was a success! Nearly $ 28,000 was raised by some 315 brave participants.
Despite some rain, the Laval Dystromarche has almost doubled its participation with over 300 walkers! A pleasant surprise awaited the organizers on the day of the Dystromarche at when an extra boost of $16,400 came in, which put the event above target for a total of $44,400 raised!
The only Dystromarche of the summer took place in Thetford Mines, where 150 participants amassed $23,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada!
The Saguenay Dystromarche raised $16,000, l’Estrie’s event brought in $25,500 and l’Outaouais ended the season raising $42,000!
Quebec all together raised over $300,000! Bravo to the Dystromarche organizers and the many volunteers who worked very hard to bring in these amazing results! A big thank you also to the many donors and sponsors, without whom the services and research funding would not be possible!
Here are some other great stories from our Dystromarche season:
I Walk for Antoine
Justine Fortin, 11, supported by the school staff at Du Moulin, raised $ 1,172 selling shoes saying “I walk for Antoine,” that students signed, decorated and displayed in the school to make a trail that wound its way around the building, from Antoine’s class, all the way to the school’s front door. The school even held its own Dystromarche in the near by park! Antoine, Justine’s little brother, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, proudly led the way.
If you are interested in having an activity like this in your primary or secondary school, do not hesitate to contact us!
The Race of Hope
Under a bright sun and a strong, emotional reception, Michel Villeneuve finished the Race of Hope on July 2 in St. Jerome. Mr. Villeneuve, Ironman, ran 200 km without stopping, between Mont-Laurier and St. Jerome, on the bike path from North Little Train, all to benefit of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. A total of $ 8,000 was raised and donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Laval.
Mr. Villeneuve has as inspiration a childhood friend of his son, suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The latter, Philippe Courcelle, is 26 and he followed Mr. Villeneuve throughout his challenge.
Our 2016 Atlantic Walks for Muscular Dystrophy are now complete.
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, AGADA Biosciences, West Jet, Bounty Print and Vital Aire.
To date, we have raised more than $230,000 at Walks in Atlantic Canada this year!
Congratulations to our provincial West Jet winners:
NS-Peter Arnburg(Halifax County Walk)
NB-Serge Lanteigne (Moncton Walk)
NL-Scott Batten(St. John’s Walk)
PE-Trisha Clarkin (Charlottetown Walk)