The Muskoka Trek for Tourette is just around the corner on March 24, starting at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre at noon and continuing through downtown.
This year marks the 11th Trek for Tourette, which is a five-kilometre walk-a-thon to raise awareness and money for Tourette Canada. In 2018, over 600 individuals participated in 15 Treks across Canada and raised over $90,000. The Muskoka leg of the trek included 50 “trekkers” and raised $3,000. The 2019 Muskoka Trek will be going ahead regardless of weather, so participants are encouraged to come prepared for whatever the weather has in store. Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary tics and twitches. There is currently no cure for the disorder.
“Tourette Canada was there for my family and I, and helped us tremendously when my children were diagnosed,” said Janet Rumsey, president of the Tourette Canada Board of Directors and a mother of four boys with TS, who also has TS herself. “The funds raised through Trek for Tourette will help the organization help other families, as they did mine.”
Any community members interested in trekking are asked to register online here. Participants can also show up on Sunday and register in person at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre. Pledges can be made online, or a pledge sheet can be downloaded from the Tourette Canada website.
Read more about this year’s event here. For more information on the Trek, please contact the Muskoka TS Resource Unit on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.