Becky Money was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago.
The hardest part of living with the chronic disease is the uncertainty that comes with it, she said.
“Never knowing when it’s going to hit, if you’re going to be able to get out of bed in the morning or if your body is going to let you down,” she said.
The Innisfail woman was one of the 100 or so people who participated in the Red Deer Jayman BUILT MS Walk in Red Deer’s Great Chief Park Sunday morning.
Ever since being diagnosed with MS, Money has participated in the annual walk in Red Deer, which was held virtually the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think this is our 17th walk overall. We do them around the Unites States too with the Walk of Champions,” said Money.
More than $25,000 has been raised through the Red Deer walk. Seeing so many come out to support the cause was “inspiring,” said Money.
“It gives me strength to see all of the people and all of the support. It keeps me going,” she said.
Money raised $11,519 this year, which is a similar total as years past – Over 10 years, she has raised about $150,000 for MS research. Fundraising efforts around the world have been making a difference, Money added.
“Twenty years ago there were no disease-modifying therapies. Today, we have 14 that we can choose from. Fourteen in 20 years,” she said.
“With all of our fundraising dollars here … just imagine what we’re going to do. Next year when we’re all together, maybe there’s going to be even more.
“Keep going. Find your power. Find your strength.”
The event had a fundraising goal of $32,000. Participants will continue to fundraise for a few more weeks. For more information or to donate, visit msspwalk.donordrive.com.