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Walk in honour, walk in memory…walk to give HOPE.

Leila Dance

By Leila Dance

When Dora Wiebe was diagnosed with ALS in April 2013 her family including nine children, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and all their spouses learned the harsh reality of this relatively unknown disease. A woman that loved everything, her family, the little kids quickly passed away and in seven short months the matriarch of this family was gone. Her memory however lives on in each step her family takes.

In 2014, Team Dora was born and 34 family members rose to the challenge and registered for the annual Walk for ALS. In a sea of purple, their hot pink t-shirt stood out, not only because of the colour but because of their spirit. “We walk in her memory but she really is the head of our team.” Says granddaughter and team captain, Dawn Scarfe.

Team Dora has not only raised money through the Walk for ALS, the family has also helped fundraising in many different ways. They participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the summer, they hosted a Yoga Night with proceeds to support the ALS Society of Manitoba, they also support the Lite Up a Life Campaign and attended a fundraising Bud, Spud and Steak. In just over a year, Team Dora has raised almost $4,000 and they are once again preparing to participate in this year’s Walk for ALS.

"My mom's faith, along with the love and support of her family and friends, carried her through all challenges in her life. She believed in God's word and that He would only give her what she could handle,” says Belinda Wiebe Friesen, daughter. “Because of her faith, mom accepted her diagnosis and made the best of the time she had with us. She will always be The Rose of Our Hearts."

The 2015 Walk for ALS registration is now open, sign up today as an individual walker or put together a team and start fundraising! Join us on Saturday, June 20 with our host, Ace Burpee of Virgin Radio and enjoy music, lunch and changes to win great prizes all in support of the ALS Society of Manitoba and ALS Research.

For more information on the Walk, including a registration package, go to the ALS Society of Manitoba’s website or call 204-831-1510.

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