Drumheller MS walk set for Sun­day

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

On Sun­day, May 7, over 100 of Drumheller and area res­i­dents will come to­gether for the Drumheller Jay­man BUILT MS Walk to demon­strate their power in help­ing to change the lives of lo­cal fam­i­lies, and peo­ple across the coun­try, af­fected by mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS).

For one Drumheller wo­man, she has been par­tic­i­pat­ing for two decades.

Jus­tine Wil­ton has sev­eral close fam­ily mem­bers af­fected by MS and has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Drumheller Jay­man BUILT MS Walk with her par­ents since the age of 4. To­day, as a 24-year old, she is still pas­sion­ate about finding a cure for MS, as well as im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for peo­ple who live with the disease. Jus­tine is the team cap­tain of Ru­dolph’s Team, a team made up of her im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers and clos­est friends. She cre­ated the team to hon­our the mem­ory of her grand­fa­ther, Frank Laslo, who lived with se­vere MS and passed away four years ago.

“My grand­fa­ther was one of my role mod­els and this is the fourth year we have walked to­gether as Ru­dolph’s Team in his mem­ory.” Jus­tine adds, “He was one of the hard­est work­ing, kindest peo­ple I have ever known in my en­tire life. De­spite all the strug­gles and hard­ships he ex­pe­ri­enced liv­ing with the disease, he was al­ways pos­i­tive about ev­ery­thing and even used his disease as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me as a child. He was a great man and he taught me so much.”

Ru­dolph’s Team has raised over $12,700 through their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Jay­man BUILT MS Walk over the past four years; and, this year, Ru­dolph’s Team is set­ting their goals high as they tar­get to raise $10,000. Jus­tine is look­ing for­ward to walk­ing again this year along­side her team mem­bers and over 100 com- mu­nity mem­bers who all share the goal of finding a cure and im­prov­ing the lives of Cana­di­ans af­fected by MS. Jus­tine adds,

“I of­ten think about my grand­fa­ther, a hard­work­ing farmer that loved noth­ing more than be­ing out on the open prairie, who had to give up farm­ing, some­thing he loved very much, af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with MS. To me, a cure for MS would mean that peo­ple with MS wouldn’t have to strug­gle as much or quit the things they are most pas­sion­ate about.”

Jus­tine and mem­bers of Ru­dolf’s team will be walk­ing for the 100,000 Cana­di­ans liv­ing with MS on Sun­day, May 7 in Drumheller at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Funds raised at the Jay­man BUILT MS Walk are ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing ground­break­ing, Cana­dian-led re­search, as well as help­ing Cana­di­ans with MS im­prove their qual­ity of life.

“We’re ask­ing Drumheller res­i­dents to show their en­dur- ing sup­port in the fight against MS by reg­is­ter­ing and join­ing us at the Jay­man BUILT MS Walk May 7th,” says Kim Mor­timer, De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor for Cen­tral Al­berta. “The Walk is our an­nual op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate to peo­ple liv­ing with MS that they are not alone. Even if ev­ery new par­tic­i­pant made a small con­tri­bu­tion, it would make a big dif­fer­ence in the suc­cess of our event and our ca­pac­ity to help im­prove the qual­ity of life for peo­ple with MS who need and de­serve our sup­port,” adds Mor­timer.

The MS So­ci­ety is ded­i­cated to funding re­search and ser­vices that em­power Cana­di­ans af­fected by MS. Money raised through the Jay­man BUILT MS Walk will help fund lo­cal pro­grams and ser­vices to help peo­ple ef­fec­tively man­age and cope with MS, and will also fuel Cana­dian MS re­search into causes, im­proved treat­ments, and a cure.

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