Multiple Sclerosis came to live with our family in 2005 when my wife, Linda, was diagnosed with primary progressive MS. After the initial shock of the news had subsided, Linda steeled herself for an uncertain future because the symptoms are many and varied. Linda's condition has been relatively stable; however, the threat of further deterioration looms large every day. There is no cure.
Linda is a champion for the way she handles her daily challenges with grace and dignity. Our daughter, Sara, and I support Linda in whatever ways we can but we often feel impotent.
The pivot to virtual activities this year means I had to rethink my fundraising approach. On behalf of the 11 Canadians who are diagnosed each day with MS, I’m using the number '11' as my guide. I might walk 11,000 steps one day, cycle 11, 22 or 33 kms another day, do 11 push-ups, sit-ups and chin-ups another day, etc. … you get the picture. My overall goal has not changed. I want to raise funds for the necessary research, support and resources those in the MS community need. I will draw on Linda's resolve each and every time I undertake one of those activities.
COVID-19 has not lessened or eliminated the effects of MS; if anything, it has brought renewed focus to helping those vulnerable people afflicted with diseases that leave their health compromised. Sadly, Canada continues to lead the world in people who have been diagnosed with MS. I pray the funds I help raise will contribute to unlocking the MS mystery; that the talented researchers toiling diligently to find a cure will be successful.
Wouldn't it be amazing to finally find a cure for just one of the major illnesses of our time?
Thanks so much for your generous support!