The Arthritis Society Walk To Fight Arthritis in Mississauga
I had an amazing time at the Arthritis Society Walk To Fight Arthritis today. My wife Kim walked 5km for me and we raised $760. Thank you very, very much to everyone who donated. I really, really appreciate it.
As part of the organizing committee for the Mississauga walk, I was there from 8AM until about 11:15 and most of the time I was standing. You can imagine how my hips and knees feel now.
We had between 175 - 200 walkers which is a great turnout for such a poor weather day. I wish I could have spoken to every walker to find out the story behind why they came to walk. Some of the walkers, of course, also had arthritis and it was nice to see them and their families walking together.
I was especially touched by Team Ryan's Hope. I will get their names later this week because their story touched me so much. I spoke to Ryan's parents. Their daughter was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 10 months of age. Her mom noticed that she cringed when she had her diaper changed and it was because her hip hurt. Her mom also noticed swelling in one or two of her fingers. Ryan passed away at the age of 20, I believe sometime in the past year but I am not sure. Her parents told me she was a very determined and strong woman who did her best not to let her arthritis stop her from whatever she wanted to do. One of us used the phrase that she had arthritis but it didn't have her. Those of you who know me will agree that my arthritis does not have me even though I have it.
Councillor Ron Starr was the official starter for the Walk. It was very nice to see him come out to help support the walk.
This was the first year that The Arthritis Society has had a Walk in Mississauga. In previous years, Mississauga and Peel residents went to Toronto to do the walk.
I helped assign tasks to many of the volunteers at the site today. I met many young people which impressed me a LOT. Thank you for coming out early on a Sunday morning and doing some boring jobs to help out. It is really, really appreciated and noticed. There are still a lot of good kids out there and I met a bunch today.
Lorna Catrambone from The Arthritis Society was in charge of basically everything today. I got tired just watching all she had to do. It takes an amazing amount of skill to run an event like that and maintain your sanity at the same time.
Thank you everyone for coming out. If you are reading this, please contact me. I met and spoke to some amazing people today and would like to learn more about you.
I am going to lay down now as I am having sympathy pains in my hips and knees from Kim's walk.
Please Visit The Arthritis Society website at the link below.