The 11th annual Muskoka Trek for Tourette raised over $4,500 for Tourette Canada in Gravenhurst on March 24, making it the most successful Muskoka trek in the last few years.
The Muskoka trek had 65 participants who walked 5 kilometres in support of Tourette Canada. Since the first trek in 2009, over $35,000 has been raised in Muskoka. The funds raised from the trek go toward Tourette Canada’s mission of Tourette Syndrome (TS) education, research, and awareness with a quarter of the funding staying in Muskoka to support the Muskoka TS Resource Unit. TS is an incurable neurological disorder characterized by involuntary tics and twitches. The month of March was chosen for the trek because the weather can be unpredictable like the lives of people living with TS, but this year Muskoka had mild, overcast weather with a high of 4 C.
Organizers said they want to thank everyone in Muskoka for showing support and helping to raise awareness about TS. The Muskoka TS Resource Unit holds meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at Muskoka Falls P.S. from 6:30 to 8:30. Educators, medical professionals, families and individuals with TS are welcome to attend. The next meeting is April 3.