My 2021 MS Walk Update:
For those of you that contributed to my 2020 MS Walk thank you. I know that many of you made a sacrifice in making such generous contributions.
Last year I tried to update you on each of the 3 Legs - 1, 2 and 3 of my 2020 MS Walk. Because it was the first time there was a virtual walk, and I wanted to do something different, I walked about 6 times the normal walk distance.
In 2021, I am also looking to walk more, mostly because I need it after sitting for the better part of 15 months. So I hope to again complete multiple legs, each between 5km and 10km. Sadly, I will be doing this without my Bear, who is competing in Montreal.
Sadly, I am starting my fund raising efforts really late. The National Virtual Walk is this weekend (Sunday, May 30). But since I am doing multiple walks in support of MS, I will be walking until July 1, 2021. I hope to lose the 5 pounds I gained this past 12 months (since last year's walks).
Why I’m walking to end MS
I want to take a moment to thank all of you that helped me raise over $8,000 in 2020, and $12,000 for the fight against MS in each of 2019 and 2018, and over $8,000 in 2016 and again in 2017. It was the fifth year in which I participated in the MS Walk, and as a Council Member in the Calgary Chapter of the MS Society of Canada, and a prospective National MS Society Director I feel grateful to be able to do my small part in helping the fight.
I have a family member and friends that have MS. Consequently, this walk and the desire to find a cure is very personal to me. I also know people that lost loved ones to MS, and I want to play any part I can in helping to find a cure. My way of course is to try to raise funds. I hope you can help me.
2021/2020 and COVID-19
We all know how difficult and challenging the last 16 months have been. COVID-19 continued to change our lives forever. I know many people have lost jobs, and continue to face business or mental health issues, and either personally, or have family or friends that, experienced COVID-19 illness. I hope and pray that we all get through this pandemic safely, and despite social and physical distancing, remain together. The distribution of vaccines provide a glimmer of hope for better times ahead.
Following the 2020 approach, the MS Society altered its plans in recognition of COVID-19 to do a Virtual Walk on May 30, 2021. They are encouraging people to convert their regular walk into a special socially distant (but together) walk. So walks will be taking place throughout the city instead of in one specific location.
I am setting what I hope is a reasonably attainable fund raising goal ($10,000), in light of economic circumstances in Calgary.
Those of you that supported me in prior years, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I ask that you support me again in this very worthwhile cause.
Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. Every day three more Canadians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable illness that affects vision, balance, memory and mobility. We don’t know what causes MS and there is no known cure.
Your support means Canadian families who are affected by this disease do not have to face MS alone.
When you donate to my fundraising efforts for the MS Walk, your funds are invested into research to find the cause and cure for the disease, while providing services to Canadians with multiple sclerosis and their families.
Thank you in advance for joining the fight to end MS.