Team Little Man Austin was once again the top fundraising team at this year’s Halifax Walk for Muscular Dystrophy, raising an incredible $11, 637!
Austin’s parents, Cari and Bryan Sweet, are part of the Halifax Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Committee as well as being enthusiastic and active members of the Halifax Chapter Executive. Attending their first Walk for Muscular Dystrophy after their son’s diagnosis with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in 2011, they felt a sense of camaraderie and have become very involved in furthering Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission by raising money and awareness.
Austin’s father, Bryan, created a YouTube video about Austin and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy that captured the attention of the Altantic region media. The media attention allows so many more people to share in Austin’s life. Austin was even interviewed on live TV!
It was a very busy year for Austin; he moved into his new accessible home, started school and began playing sledge hockey. Austin was the 2013 Nova Scotia Ambassador for the Hop for Muscular Dystrophy, and the Sweet Family along with the Clegg/Bernard Family won Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s Atlantic Award for Family of the Year. Austin has also had many challenges. As the disorder progresses his muscles weaken, he has more falls but his spirit never dampens and he greets everyone he meets with a funny face or smile.
Despite Tropical Storm Anna’s heavy winds and pouring rain, an inspiring day was enjoyed by all at this year’s Halifax Walk for Muscular Dystrophy thanks to our sponsors, Fire Fighters, volunteers and especially to all our families and all those affected with a neuromuscular disorder, like the Sweet family who inspire us every day.
Congrats and thanks to Team Little Man Austin!
Special thanks to the Marriott Halifax Harbourfront; CTV Morning Live and Live at Five (Maritime’s top evening news program).