Earlier this month, in my home state of Colorado, I had the honor of attending the Denver MDA Muscle Walk with some amazing families and individuals. Not only was it great to be back home, it was wonderful meeting so many inspiring groups of people. It never ceases to amaze me how close everyone in the MDA family network is to each other, even before they meet.
Though it’s been great to attend all kinds of events for MDA this year, I especially enjoyed this one. Living with a muscle-debilitating disease can be difficult at times. I try not to dwell
on the negatives. Instead, I want to focus on the fact that having this disease has given me the chance to meet some great people who I get to call my friends. Muscle Walk is a time for families affected by muscle-debilitating diseases to come together and unite in the fight for freedom and independence from our daily challenges. At these events, families and friends of MDA-registered individuals team up and raise money to fund research that helps bring strength to life for those with MD, ALS, SMA, and other similar diseases.
One of the things that makes each MDA Muscle Walk so unique is that our families lead the event, and it’s essential that MDA continues to expand this event so that families continue to have a way to help the cause and connect with one another. A sense of community and understanding are keys to living great lives despite the physical limitations many of us have. Our families understand that together we are stronger. Taking that victory lap around Sloan’s Lake in Denver on a day with record-breaking high temperatures was incredibly impactful. All day I heard a slew of great stories of triumph, positivity and strength. It’s difficult to describe what it was like for my friends and me to attend Muscle Walk. That’s why I chose to use photos to convey my thoughts. The pictures below tell a great story about the real meaning of Muscle Walk and why it’s so important to MDA and our families.
A quick thank you to my best friend of 20 years, Erin Mapes, and Anthony Paradiso for helping me take photos at the event!
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