Bracebridge lights up the falls teal for Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month following the 13th annual Trek for Tourette
The Muskoka TS Resource Unit held the 13th annual Trek for Tourette walkathon yesterday. This year’s Trek was held virtually, just like the 2020 event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, and “trekkers” participated in their family bubbles.
Over 40 participants walked in communities around our region – Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, South River, Midland and Coldwater all saw families “trekking” to raise awareness for Tourette Syndrome and raising funds for Tourette Canada.
“We are so thankful to the Muskoka community for showing such amazing support,” says event organizer Shawn Forth. “We had amazing weather, everyone participated following all public health regulations, and we raised $3,000 to support Tourette Canada.”
Forth is also excited that the Bracebridge waterfalls are being lit up in the colour TEAL this week (May 30 – June 6), in recognition of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month.
“Landmarks across the country – the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, the Calgary Tower, among others – are being lit up TEAL to recognize TS Awareness Month,” Forth adds. “We want to thank the Town of Bracebridge and Lakeland Power for lighting up the waterfalls TEAL for this week.”
Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month is held annually from May 15 to June 15. To see more landmarks across the country lit up, search the hashtag #lightitupteal.
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a poorly understood neurodevelopmental disorder that affects as many as one in 100 Canadian children and adults. It currently has no cure.
Tourette Canada receives no government funding, and relies on the generosity of Canadians to support its ongoing work to educate, promote awareness and provide a supportive network to families diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. The Trek for Tourette is the only national fundraiser.
Pledges can still be made online at the website tourette.ca/trek.