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Sunday, June 10, 2012
Get On Your Feet - Matthew W. Turcotte
This time of month, I’m noticing that there are a lot of charity walks that are being held to raise money for various organizations. There are walks to fund research towards finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. There’s the annual “Relay for Life” which is held in memory of those who have lost their battle with the disease, as well as raising money to eventually find a cure. Even my workplace has an annual walk called the “Walk for Miracles”, which benefits children’s hospitals all across Canada. If only I weren’t scheduled to work this year, I would be doing that walk in a heartbeat. But, I did that walk the last three years in a row, and I hope to take part in the walk again in 2013.
But, you don’t need to sign up for a charity walk in order to really enjoy the benefits of a nice walk down the street. The weather is perfect this time of year (well, unless you’re living in the southern hemisphere) for a nice stroll down by the river, down to the park, or even just up and down the street walking your dog. Really, I think that for most of us, we take the ability to walk for granted, and we don’t even think that we could have that ability taken away from us at a moment’s notice. For those of us who still have the mobility, I encourage everyone to be thankful for your legs, and be grateful that they still work. There are lots of people who would switch places with you in a heartbeat.
This is the story of how one woman was faced with the possibility of never walking again, and how through hard work and determination, she managed to overcome the challenges that were thrown her way one cold day in 1990.