The annual MS Walk returns to the Drumheller Valley on Sunday, May 7 and for one walker, at least, it will be a homecoming of sorts.
"I was born and raised in Drumheller, well East Coulee I guess, same thing," noted Justine Wilton, who now resides in Cypress County, near Medicine Hat. "My grandfather in Drumhller had MS so that's where I got started doing it. He taught me lots about MS."
The 24 year old has taken part in the Drumheller walk each year for about 20 years now.
"I like the community aspect, being able to make a difference in the lives of people with MS," she explained. "Just from what I've seen with my grandfather and how much he struggled with it, it's nice to be able to in some way help out with that kind of stuff."
Wilton's team is called Rudolph's Team in honour of Frank Laslo, whose middle name is Rudolph. So far they're the top pledge raisers on the Drumheller MS Walk webpage.
"We've been walking, now, for four years with Rudolph's Team; before that we were the Pink Panthers," outlined Wilton. "When I was in junior high and high school with my friends, I think it was 2008 or 2009, we were the top youth fundraising team."
Wilton expects to have at least a half dozen walkers ready for warm-ups at the Badlands Community Facility on the 7th. They'll head west to the Homestead Museum and then back again, a distance of about five kilometres. Check in time is 9:00 a.m. with the walk scheduled for 10:00.