Although raising funds to support those affected by neuromuscular disorders is a goal of the Walk, it is not the only part. The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy is a fully inclusive, fun, family event. Far beyond the dollars and cents, the experiences, bonds, information and connections that people often come away with are more than they could have imagined.
Muscular dystrophy affects a broad range of people from all walks of life and varying ages. The Walk is an event that not only encourages people who are affected to attend, but also friends, family members, community members and general supporters. “The Walk gives everyone a chance to get together to meet other families and friends who are dealing with neuromuscular disorders,” said Brian Mino, a Niagara Region Walk planning committee member and long-time participant.
The environment at the Walk encourages participants to socialize and offers the opportunity to meet people that you would not have necessarily gotten to otherwise. For some people, it is nice to meet others who understand them in a way that no one else can. It is a great way to share story, exchange ideas and make new friends.
Brian and his family appreciate the sense of community they feel at the Walk. “The event is a fun-filled day and a great opportunity to meet other people within the region who want to support this great cause. We enjoy meeting all the other people that are somehow affected by Muscular Dystrophy and this reminds us that we are not alone in the fight to find a cure,” he said.
For many people, it is the life-long connections and memories that makes them return year after year. It’s also the opportunity to see familiar faces and bring together a group of friends that only see each other at the Walks that keeps them coming back.
Join your community and create memories at the 2013 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy!