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Plains & Pastures Bike Tour (2013)

I'm so proud to live here! Fredericton folks are just AMAZING!!!  Thank you one and all!!  My team raised over $2000.  The support was humbling.  What a great place to be!!!

Mind you, the journey isn't about me - it's about people who fight this horrible disease on a daily basis.  If you're reading this now, I hope you'll come back and sponsor me in the ride next time. 

 

Bike for Breath

Many thanks to everyone and their generosity.  The amazing people in my life supported me to the tune of $377.  Some days it is just great to be here!   (Fall 2012)

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Giving Back

Plains & Pastures MS Bike Tour

A lot of people have helped me on this journey.  Those who offer the greatest and most genuine support are often those who fight the hardest battles in their own lives.  To be honest, losing weight is child's play compared to some of the stories that other women share in the changeroom. 

Despite the excess baggage, I have good health.  I can swim and bike now without any real pain, even at my weight.  So what can I do with that?  As it turns out, I can do something important: a fundraising Bike tour.

Each year, the Multiple Sclerosis Society has a pledge-based bike marathon.  It's a huge event across Canada with around 20,000 riders annually.  In New Brunswick the "Plains and Pastures Tour" goes from Sussex to Saint John & back.  As bike events go it's not all that far, but it's still a stretch goal for me.  In July of 2012 I'm doing about 150 km on a weekly basis while Plains & Pastures is about 150 kms in two days.  So I've tried to register - the website's not working (story of my life!!!!).  Note that registration fees are paid separately by me and are NOT taken from donated funds.  ALL Donations will go directly to the MS Society.

MS is a horrible disease.  There are many affected persons living in the care centres where I visit with my Therapy Dog.  I've learned recently that I have a cousin who now suffers with this.  It is a cruel, cruel fate when the body shuts down while the mind is still clear and vibrant.  I would like to make a difference for someone.   

If you would like to support Multiple Sclerosis, please follow the link to my donation page.  Canadian Income Tax Receipts are issued for donations over $____.

 

 

Purina Walk for Dog Guides 

This is a fundraising walk that I plan on doing when my knees can take it.   Dogs are an important part of my life, and these special service dogs take that gift even farther for people who really need it.

http://www.purinawalkfordogguides.com/

All Dog Guides and required training, including transportation and accommodation, are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. The Lions Club Foundation of Canada does not receive any government support and relies on the support of fundraising events and donations from service clubs, corporations, foundations and individuals across the country

Dog Guides Canada operates five programs:

CANINE VISION DOG GUIDES for people who are blind or visually impaired
HEARING EAR DOG GUIDES for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
SPECIAL SKILLS DOG GUIDES for people with a medical or physical disability
SEIZURE RESPONSE DOG GUIDES for people who have epilepsy
AUTISM ASSISTANCE DOG GUIDES for children aged 4-12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder