An annual tradition that raises money for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis returns to the Drumheller Valley this weekend.
The 2017 Drumheller MS Walk is set to leave the Badlands Community Facility (BCF) parking lot at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 7.
"The numbers are low this year (and) we're hoping the community will step up and hopefully we'll see the 100 (walkers) mark," said Kim Mortimer, Development Coordinator Central Alberta Chapter for the MS Society. "Our participants are critical in supporting what we do in the Drumheller area and without their support we can't lend that much support in the end."
Canada has the highest incidence of MS in the world and Alberta has the highest rate in Canada, which makes fundraisers like Sunday's walk so important. Unfortunately, the weather forecast calls for rain on Sunday.
"We do have the indoor track in the event of inclement weather, but I've heard Drumhellians are kind of die hard: they'll walk in the rain, puddle jump as we say, and make a good day of it," responded Mortimer.
The 2016 Drumheller MS Walk raised about $22,000 as upwards of 100 walkers made the trip from the BCF to the Homestead Museum on North Dinosaur Trail and back.
Without support, we can't further our research efforts," noted Mortimer. "We're always looking to conquer MS and finding a cure is going to be the goal so we're loooking for that support, both physically and monetarily."
Show up at the BCF at 9:00 a.m. Sunday to register and warm-up for the five kilometre walk.