People in Grande Prairie will hit the Muskoseepi Park reservoir loop to raise awareness for Muscular Dystrophy. The 11th annual Grande Prairie Walk for Muscular Dystrophy takes place on July 27th in the hopes of raising $7,500.
“It’s the celebration for the Muscular Dystrophy community and it raises a lot of awareness and critical funding for both Muscular Dystrophy research and for mobility and medical devices,” says Annual Campaigns Coordinator Mark Perry.
Perry says Muscular Dystrophy is a blanket term for over 160 different types of neuromuscular disorders. More than 50,000 people in Canada are living with the disorder and the causes, symptoms, age of onset, severity and progression vary depending on the exact diagnosis.
“Individually those diseases can be quite rare. There might be only one or two individuals in Canada or even the world that have a particular diagnosis. We’re really just trying to get our name out there, and help distinguish our cause from everyone else out there because it’s not something that’s commonly understood unless you’re directly affected by it.”
On the day of the walk, there will be free food, outdoor games, speeches, prizes and a silent auction.
People can still register online up until the event or they can also register on the morning of the event. The walk runs from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.