The Victoria MS walk took place this weekend and despite an obvious lull in the economy, it still managed to pull in $175,000 which is brilliant! I continue to be amazed by the number of people whose lives are somehow connected to MS. Here is a note from one of the dedicated individuals who works at the Victoria chapter of the MS Society.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”
– Margaret Mead
Wow what a wonderful weekend!!! Thank you so much for your hard work and outstanding efforts. 775 participants, 67 outstanding teams, and 180 volunteers raised $175,000 towards research and client services. On behalf of over 1200 clients and their families here on Southern Vancouver Island, thank you! It is your participation in our events like the Scotiabank MS WALK that bring us hope. It brings hope to people like Madison, who shared her story of living with MS. Not sure if you got to hear her story at the closing ceremonies, so here is a part of her story that I would like to share with you just in case you missed it:
“My mom was diagnosed with MS, on my 9th birthday. Only being nine I didn’t understand what MS was so I burst into tears thinking my mom was going too die. The hardest thing for me is not having her by my side at my soccer games as my coach and not seeing her do the thing she loves the most which is playing soccer! She still try’s to come to my games and coach me from the sidelines. But it’s still not the same. I know how hard it is for her to even make it to my games, and then to see her so tired and week. As you can tell, life is very different now.
The MS society has been an amazing help! I personally have been to counseling with Bonnie and there are many groups my mom goes to and meets a lot a people in the same situation she is in. I am so proud to think that a lot of our community is involved in such an amazing event like the MS walk. I would like too say thank you for being involved with the walk as it brings hope for my family and I. You should be proud of yourself”.
– Madison McGarry, 11 yrs old