Dart tour­na­ment for MS re­search

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

For the sec­ond year in a row, Stanstead’s Lynne Ben­nett is or­ga­niz­ing a Dart Tour­na­ment to raise money for an or­ga­ni­za­tion that she is, un­der­stand­ably, passionate about: the Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis So­ci­ety of Canada. The mixed dou­bles tour­na­ment will be held at the Stanstead Le­gion on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2nd, with reg­is­tra­tion be­gin­ning at 1:00 pm and the games be­gin­ning at 2:00 pm.

“I was di­ag­nosed with Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis about twenty-five years ago. This disease at­tacks the im­mune sys­tem, af­fect­ing brain cells, the spinal col­umn. We can suf­fer from loss of me­mory, tired­ness and it’s very dif­fi­cult to walk. It’s a very com­pli­cated ill­ness and a mis­un­der­stood disease,” ex­plained Mrs. Ben­nett who has to take numer­ous pills each day and an in­jec­tion once a week to min­i­mize her symp­toms and treat com­pli­ca­tions that arise from hav­ing the ill­ness. “All the money I raise goes to the So­ci­ety to re­search for a cure. I might not ever see that cure, but I want to do what I can.” Although it’s the sec­ond year for the dart tour­na­ment, Mrs. Ben­nett has been fundrais­ing for the So­ci­ety since the year 2000. She joined a spe­cial group four years ago, the “Pink An­gels” team, to raise money and take part in the an­nual Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis Marche de l’espoir. “I raised $1,290 the first year, $2,286 the sec­ond, and $2,571 the third year. So I’m hop­ing to in­crease my to­tal again this year for the Marche de l’espoir which takes place in Septem­ber,” said Mrs. Ben­nett who is thank­ful for all the sup­port she gets from the com­mu­nity. “I have many spon­sors and there are many peo­ple that I’ve known for years who sup­port me and help make the day

spe­cial.”

“Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able and we’ll also be sell­ing sand­wiches, like we did last year,” added Mrs. Ben­nett. The Stanstead Le­gion is lo­cated on Maple Street, in Stanstead.

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