Join me for Mandarin MS Walk 2015!

Written by on March 4th, 2015 –

By: Andrea Mears, Guest Blogger

With the Mandarin MS Walk season quickly approaching, I wanted to share a little bit about my walk experience last year! My name is Andrea and I’m 24 years old. After being diagnosed with MS in December of 2013, I decided to create a team for the Mandarin MS Walk so my friends and family could come together to support the MS Society. Being diagnosed with MS has changed the way I value things in life, specifically my health and wellness. There are difficulties I face on a daily basis that may not be visible to others. Despite the negative impacts MS has on my life, it has taught me about personal strength and resilience the way no other experience has before.

My experience with the Mandarin MS walk in 2014 was a really positive one. I was hesitant about participating, since the reality of my MS diagnosis was still fresh. Overall, it was a great experience where I was surrounded by family and friends, and a whole new community of supportive people. Participation in the Mandarin MS walk has been a fundamental factor in bringing optimism to my life. When I was first diagnosed all I felt was confusion, hopelessness and fear. By becoming a part of the MS Society and participating in the walk, it made me realize that I am not alone and I really am surrounded by so much hope and support. To me, hope means staying positive even when you feel like all forces are against you. Throughout my own diagnosis, being hopeful and thinking positive has been paramount to my health and overall happiness. With so much breakthrough research taking place, there really is hope for people living with MS.

One of the greatest benefits of doing the walk as a team is getting to see that you are not alone and that you are walking with a community of people who all want to end MS. Seeing all my family and friends come together to support myself and the MS Society really means the world. Last year my team fund raised over $12000 for the Mandarin MS walk, and this year we are hoping to beat my record and fund raise over $15,000! I’m working hard to keep in contact and motivate everyone via social media. After last year, that’s one piece of advice for fundraising – take advantage of social media! This year I am creating a team called Chicks with Kicks to EndMS, with 2 of my friends who also have MS – check out our team page here! The 3 of us are bringing together all of our family and friends and we have high hopes for our success in the 2015 walk!  Share your story whether it is about you, or someone close to you. Spread the awareness because a cure is in sight!


By coming together at the Toronto Mandarin MS Walk and through your fundraising efforts, we make a tangible and life-changing difference to the 100,000 Canadians living with MS. This is an excellent opportunity to interact with members of the community while supporting a great cause! Go to to register today!

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