(Organizing race chair Helen Michaud)
By Ian Campbell
Sudburians put their best foot forward this morning in hopes of finding a cure one day for multiple sclerosis.
Walkers in the EZ Rock/Q92 sponsored event could either choose 5 or 10 kilometres to help raise money for MS related services and research.
Vice Chair of the Sudbury Chapter Rachel Proulx says it was amazing to see 250 people come out in that spirit of optimism.
“Everytime that we can get people to create awareness that MS is in Sudbury and that we have a number of people that are affected by it, it does give us hope because we are not the only ones rooting for a cure,” she says.
Organizing Chair Helen Michaud has lived with the disease for close to 20 years.
She says she’s hopeful they will find a cure for it at some point in her life time.
“I’m hoping that the vascular findings that they found in Italy will come to here so that we can find it here in Canada and treat those people with the symptoms of MS so that they can live normal lives like everyone else,” says Michaud.
Organizers were hoping to raise a total of $40,000 this year, taking into consideration economic hardships and the recent recession.
This year participants were able to raise $46,234.25, far surpassing last year’s total.