Coming together to make muscles move

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August 2, 2016 12:00 AM

Bentley Miles Walter is this year's annual Lloydminster Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy ambassador.

Saskatchewan and Alberta will be coming together Aug. 13 to make muscles move in an effort to fight against muscular dystrophy.
The community of Lloydminster will be supporting thousands of children, teens and adults who face the daily challenges of living with a neuromuscular disorder in Canada at the annual Lloydminster Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
Please join them on the steps of city hall.
Registration starts at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m.
Bentley Miles Walter was born June 22, 2014 at 8:54 p.m. in Provost, Alta., and he is this year’s ambassador.
He is the son of Albert and Keri-Anne Walter, of Macklin, Sask.  and little brother to AJ.
As quickly as he made his arrival into the world, he was struggling with a disease we knew nothing about.
Bentley has had many struggles since birth that finally led up to his diagnosis at 15-months-old. 
In Oct. 2015, it was learned Bentley has Duchenes muscular dystrophy, a disease which effects one in 3,500 boys born.
Children born with the fatal disease have a life span of 25 to 30 years.
There is no treatment available. 
Many things are hard for him but he keeps coming along to try the best he can to keep up. 
At just two-years-old, Bentley has just started to walk and struggles with his balance, but has a smile and a giggle that can light up a room.
He’s an old soul bringing us such joy day in and day out.
Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of progressive muscle disorders that weaken the muscles that control body movement.
These disorders can have devastating effects, resulting in the loss of most abilities we take for granted.
Over time, many people with neuromuscular disorders are unable to walk, speak or ultimately breathe. For some, the disorder is fatal.
The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy is an opportunity for the community to come together and support those affected by neuromuscular disorders at the local level.
This fun, family-friendly, fully accessible event will include activities for kids and adults, a prize raffle, food, and a visit from local firefighters.
Word is that a few super heroes have added to the calendar as well.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada receives almost no government funding and relies on community events and the generosity donors. Participating in the Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy will assist in providing a brighter future for people affected by neuromuscular disorders.
Funds raised will make funding for equipment, emotional support, advocacy and education possible. It will also fund therapy treatments and leading research to one day find a cure.
The fun will be taking place on Aug. 13 at Lloydminster City Hall.
To take part in the Lloydminster Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy, or for more information, please visit www.walk4MD.com or contact Geraldine Coolidge at 306-241-9423.

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