Kim was told more than seven years ago she would be in a wheelchair, and she has defied the odds. She wakes up every morning feeling at the very least, like her left leg is asleep. Sometimes she has to drag it, as it feels like a heavy, dead weight. Since her diagnosis, she has run ten marathons, and is training me to run Montreal. During one of our long runs, I was whimpering like a little baby, whining and complaining and I gasped "why are we doing this? " You know what she said? "Because we can". I looked down and noticed her left ankle was chafed and bleeding from the friction from her shoe. I had to tell her she was bleeding, because she can't feel her left leg. Kim wakes up every morning wondering if this is the day she will not be able to walk, let alone run.
In order to help cope with her feeling of helplessness kim threw herself into learning everything that is known about this disease. Kim started the Canadian Transverse Mylitis association. It is a vital resource for those stricken with this disease. She gives information and advice to those blindsided by TM, and she raises money to help provide expensive equipment like wheelchairs and specialised toys for children afflicted with the disease.
As you read more about TM at her website, WWW.MYTM.CA , you will understand that this is an orphan charity, in that it is underfunded, and is the only charity of its type in Canada. Kim continues to work as a researcher at the Montreal Childrens hospital, and run this charity in her spare time, on a volunteer basis. Every penny goes toward helping victims cope with TM. During this Montreal Marathon Sunday September 22, I am running to raise money that will go specifically to helping buy expensive equipment for children diagnosed with TM. We appreciate anything you can give. Thank You.