Numbers were down, but hopes are high

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May 3, 2016 6:00 AM

And they're off! The first wave of runners take off from the starting line at the five and 10-km portions of the 2016 Jayman Built MS Walk that took place on Saturday at Bud Miller All Seasons Park

The 2016 Jayman Built MS Walk was a bit light on numbers this time around, but organizers expected less of a turnout this year, looking more for support in the way of participation instead of dollars.
As of press time Monday, the pre-total was $86,000 raised, with a total of 276 participants, compared to last year’s $188,000 from more than 600 walkers.
“Early on in the year we decided to focus less on numbers in terms of fundraising, recognizing the tremendous impact of the economy in this community, and being sensitive to the fact that people are more limited this year in terms of what they can give,” said Johanna Green, MS director for the Northern Region.
“So we’ve just asked the community to step up with its support through participation with the hope that will translate into dollars in the way the community can best afford to do so, and we’re just hoping for the very best.”
Saturday’s walk at Bud Miller All Seasons Park is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Lloydminster’s MS Society, and also works to bring awareness to the disease.
The lions share of the money raised goes to research and funding for projects and services that, Emmy Kuypers, manager for the Lloydminster chapter, said are well-tested.
“To be able to get the lab ideas to the bedside as quickly as possible we have sort of a 60/40 where 60 per cent of it is going towards research,” she said.
“Then we do a lot of funding toward our programs and services that we have going on for our members and support for caregivers and community events and that kind of thing—so that’s where I’d say the majority of our funding goes.”
Kuypers is the newest addition to the Lloydminster MS Society Chapter, having taken the reigns from previous manager Lacey Flichel, who had to move on after finding a career more aligned with her educational training.
Taking on the organization’s biggest event just three weeks into the job might seem like a daunting task, but Kuypers said she was excited instead, as it gives her a chance to acquaint with all the players at once.
“I think this is the best way to start a job, with our biggest event so I can really jump in,” she said.
“It’s also really nice because I’ve realized that I’m not just taking a job, but becoming part of a family; so that’s really amazing too, to know the members and see everybody all at once and put faces to names and that kind of thing.”

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