After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) four years ago, Shannon Reid had two choices.
She could either give up or continue living her life as normal.
“Of course it hit me hard when I learned I had the disease, which is incurable, but I quickly realized that succumbing to it was not an option,” she said. “I am a bubbly person who enjoys life and I decided I was going to continue to be that way.”
On May 3, Reid – who has been with the Service for eight years – and members of her Records Management Unit, will take part in the Mandarin-sponsored five-kilometre MS walk at Downsview Park, starting at 11 a.m.
“It has taken me quite a long time to be emotionally ready to do this but, with all the love and support I have received over the years since being diagnosed, I am even more inspired to be proactive in the fight against MS,” she said. “I think it’s important that people are educated about the disease. When I was diagnosed, I didn’t know much about MS.”
Reid and her team reached their goal of raising $5,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Toronto chapter through various fundraising initiatives.
Service members can join Reid and her team for the walk or make a donation.
“So far, we have over 20 people walking with me,” she said. “Words cannot express how happy this makes me feel.”