Timmy Fishwick was just three years old when he was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, but he’s never let that hold him back from living life to the fullest, says his mother Becky.
“He’s just so tough. He’s kept me going, never feeling sorry for himself or letting me feel sorry for him,” adds Becky.
Now seven, Timmy wears braces and sees a specialist in Winnipeg regularly.
“Muscular Dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder that affects Timmy’s muscles,” explains Becky. “His muscle doesn’t make the protein dystrophin. When your muscles hurt or are ripped, this protein is made, but his doesn’t make any. So eventually the muscles will relax to the point where he will need assistance in a wheelchair.”
This year is the second time that Becky, Timmy, and fellow Ear Falls resident Kylie Sutton are participating in fundraising efforts for Winnipeg’s Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
Last year they raised $2,000, but this year the team, dubbed Timmy’s Angels, is shooting for $5,000.
“I picked this walk because it’s not just for the cure, it’s to help with life. For braces and other tools that these kids need,” notes Becky.
Over the course of the summer, 60 different walks are scheduled across Canada. The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy in Winnipeg will take place on Sept. 19 at Kildonan Park at 10 a.m.
Team Timmy’s Angels began fundraising for the event in June, and has so far raised $675 or 14 per cent of its goal. They are currently ranked as one of the top four teams for the Winnipeg walk.
“The people here have been great. They’ve shown us support way beyond our imagination,” says Becky.
Donations can be made for Timmy’s Angels online here at the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy website or by filling out a pledge form.