Edmonton Trek For Tourette
Alexander's Trek for Tourette 2015! March 29th, 2015
SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015!
As many of you already know, I am proud to serve on the National Board of Directors for Tourette Canada; Canada’s only national organization supporting those with Tourette. Tourette Canada strives to support those with Tourette and their families through programming, education, and advocacy.
Many people have heard of Tourette before but may not know exactly what it is. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that is characterized by both physical and vocal tics, or involuntary movements and sounds such as twitching, head shaking, and grunting. Many of those with Tourette also have the associated disorders of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and learning disabilities. Approximately one for every one-hundred people in Canada has Tourette.
The sad part is that Tourette is often stereotyped and has many misconceptions associated with it such as that everyone with Tourette swears. This is where Tourette Canada comes in to help with education, support, and advocacy.
This year, I am participating in the 7th Annual Trek for Tourette here in Edmonton. The Trek for Tourette is our annual – and only – national fundraiser held each year in March in communities across Canada. The 5km Trek is held rain or shine (or in Edmonton’s case, snow) as the weather is as unpredictable as Tourette itself.
You may be asking why I am involved since neither I nor anyone in my immediate family has Tourette. My first experience with Tourette was working at a summer camp about eight years ago where we hosted a camp for those with Tourette. At the time, I too only knew the stereotypes and was nervous for the camp. However, after a week with the kids as well as a great occupational therapist who taught me lots, it ended up being the best camp I ever worked. After that, I got involved with Tourette Canada to do my part to help.
Where does your money go? Your donation helps the national office as well as all our chapters, affiliates, and resource units across Canada carry on the mission of Tourette Canada and support those who have Tourette and their families. This takes many forms such as local community support groups and events, publications, our virtual community project, in-services, and more. Your donation helps ensure that when a child gets diagnosed with Tourette and the family does not know where to turn to next, someone will be the other end of that phone line or email to help them.
I urge you to give what you can – whether it is one dollar, one hundred dollars, or a million dollars (please?) – to help this great organization help others. You can donate by contacting me in person, at email@example.com, or using this online website.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your support.
Alexander A. Patton
* THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING FOR YOUR DONATION!!! *
- Amy Ripley
- Phillip Martin
- Richard Patton