01605/05/2013 – Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS. My good friend Ali’s Mumsy (pictured in the middle) has MS and every year, Ali and her sister (pictured behind Mumsy) walk for MS.

This year, I got the privilege and honour to Captain our wonderful team, KW Coffee and Stuff!

Our team raised over $450! The exact number escapes me as many collected cash pledges and submitted them at registration. The amount I raised ($140) will go towards my tally of my goal to raise $3000 through Streets of KW for various charities. As described in the fundraiser page, when I reach $3000, I will shave my head and donate my hair for wigs!

With this MS Walk, at about 20°C, clear skies, and a light breeze, we couldn’t have asked for a better day to have the walk. This wasn’t always the case. I do remember MS Walk 2011, which was in the middle of a snow storm! Canadian weather is rather unpredictable in the tween months of April and May.

018This year, I walk for Sandra (Mumsy), and I walk for all those affected by MS in some way. I also walk for MS research with the hope to one day end MS.

At the end of the walk, our team raised up our carnations, the flower for expressing love, fascination, and distinction. It is the floral representation for the quest to end MS.

This walk was so very in line with the purpose of Project Streets of KW; the purpose to raise awareness, raise money for charity, get exercise, and to enjoy the company of good friends and meet new people!

I am proud to have been part of this walk. I’m proud to know such wonderful people. The energy and camaraderie was encouraging and beautiful.

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Lots of people brought their pets out for the walk. While most dogs were happy to be out and about, we saw this poor pup who found a piece of shade and, regardless of the coaxing of his owner, wouldn’t budge. With the owners permission, we have a shot of this tired pup! Towards the end of the route, it appeared that many people were feeling the same way :)

Overall, a Sunday morning well spent!

Are there more events going on this summer that you know of? Please send me an email (yuyren [‘”at’] yuyr.net) or comment about upcoming events that would be good to be involved with as part of Streets of KW!

 

 

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