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New Tecumseth Mandarin MS Walk May 5th

Posted April 15, 2019

Press Release - Doreen Small is a mom of two living in Alliston, recently retired, she loves travelling, and spending time with family and friends.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). Before her diagnosis, Doreen was an active curler. MS has caused her to lose some of the feeling in her feet and hands, so she can no longer curl.

"Other than the numbness in my hands and feet, and the fact my husband has to give me an injection every two weeks, I don't think of the MS at all."

Since being diagnosed, Doreen and her husband, Don, have participated in the New Tecumseth Mandarin MS Walk each year, and 2019 is no exception.

"Our team is Find A Cure and there are so many friends and family on our team. I participate in the MS walk because it gives me the feeling I am helping in the diagnosis and research into MS. I am encouraged with the new research and the fact more people are talking about it. Prior to be diagnosed I was very ignorant of this disease," she said. "My fondest memory is when our team does an arch of arms and (my friend who also lives with MS) and I go through that arch to their cheers."

The New Tecumseth Mandarin MS Walk is a time of community celebration among those who are in some way affected by MS, and a way to show support in the fight to end the disease. In 2018, nearly 150 participants and volunteers came together to raise over $33,000 for research, mobility equipment, and local programs and services.

When asked what a cure would mean to her, Doreen said, "It would mean that the financial constraints on many who have and will get the disease will decrease because prevention would be a reality."

This year, the Mandarin MS Walks will be taking place on Sunday, May 5th in Simcoe County -  Barrie, New Tecumseth, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood. The New Tecumseth MS Walk will be kicking off at Banting Memorial High School at 10 am with check-in opening at 8:30am. To register, visit or call 1-800-268-7582.

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by Tony Veltri