An in-person Muskoka Trek for Tourette was held on Sunday. This was the first in-person Trek in Canada since March 2019. In-person Treks were also held in three other communities, and many more people participated virtually.
They had 28 in-person participants, as well as two families who participated virtually. In total, 37 people walked (or trekked) 5km in support of Tourette Canada.
This year the Muskoka Trek raised over $7000 for Tourette Canada. All funds raised from the Trek go towards Tourette Canada’s mission of education, research, and awareness about the disorder. A quarter of the funds stay in Muskoka to support the work of the Muskoka TS Resource Unit.
Donations can still be made online at www.tourette.ca/trek
Organizers were happy to had great weather this year – sunny skies and 20C. The Trek used to take place in March, but during the pandemic it was moved to being a virtual event in May, during Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (May 15 – June 15).
The Bracebridge waterfalls will be lit up TEAL (the colour of Tourette Syndrome) for the week of May 28 – June 3 as part of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month.
The Trek for Tourette started in 2009 to raise money and awareness for Tourette Canada. Since the first Trek, over $35,000 has been raised through the Muskoka Trek.
Tourette Syndrome is a misunderstood neurophysical disorder, with motor and vocal tics and twitches. There is no cure for TS. As many as 1 in 100 Canadians have Tourette Syndrome, which usually occurs with associated disorders such as ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Executive Dysfunction, and Tactile Defensiveness.
The Muskoka TS Resource Unit holds meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. Our next meeting is Tuesday June 14. Details can be found on our Facebook Page. Educators, medical professionals, families, and individuals with TS are all welcome to attend.
To find out more information about Tourette Canada or Tourette Syndrome, please visit
The organizers wish to thank everyone in Muskoka for showing your support and helping to raise awareness about Tourette Syndrome.
Great weather for Trek for Tourette today in Gravenhurst and they raised $7000 pic.twitter.com/zIw9Bsgqtn
— Stefan Ottenbrite (@StefanM411) May 28, 2022