April 22nd was a day filled with hope and strength. All across Ontario 58 communities participated in the annual MS Walk raising over $4,000,000. The Barrie chapter raised over $102,000.00 to help find a cause and support those living with MS. Multiple Sclerosis is the most prevalent neurological disease among young Canadians, affecting three times as many women as men. There are more than 70,000 affected by the disease in Canada.
While waiting for the walk to begin, you could feel the excitement and energy from the crowd of over 470 participants. I was excited and honored to speak at the event; speakers also included MPP Rod Jackson, MP Patrick Brown, and CHAY FM 93.1 radio hosts Jamie and Tara (who I listened to all through high school). The organizers, volunteers and walkers are all dedicated and caring people. I encourage everyone to sign up for the walk for next year; you can walk in a group, alone or with your dog, just like George pictured here.