Fundraisng Spotlight: Sylvia Kemp & Belinda James
My first year at Walk MS I saw a man who was determined to walk the route. At the time, I was in a wheelchair, and I watched him struggle – his knees kept locking and he could not straighten his legs — but he was determined to do it. I watched his determination in the face of this, often-times, all-encompassing disease, and it took my breath away. It was then that I too became determined to find a cure. Living with this disease is where my path has brought me —from running up to 50 miles a week in 2005 to now walking with a cane — and I feel like I’m just getting started. Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice in my head that says “I’ll try again tomorrow.” I walk so that no future generations will have to face what I have had to.
This year, I’m walking for a cure.
Belinda James, a member of team South Cook MS Self Help Group in Orland Park, the top Walk MS fundraising team in Illinois, found a great way to fundraise for Walk MS. She approached a local Chili’s restaurant, asking if they would be able to help fundraise for her team by giving back a percentage of a patron’s bill who visited the restaurant if they presented a special MS coupon.
The manager was able to not only get his Chili’s involved but all Chili’s restaurants in Illinois. She quickly spread the word through her Facebook, school fundraisers, within her support group and through working with the Walk MS Coordinator.
In just a few months, she was able to raise over $2,700, contributing to the $70,063.73 her team raised for Walk MS 2012.
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