Living life to the fullest at MS Walk

More than 60 participants came out to raise more than $19,000 in funds for the MS Society of Canada’s Saskatchewan Division on Sunday. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

It didn’t matter how much it rained on Sunday morning, Rhea Krakowetz was always going to show up for the Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk.

Krakowetz was one of more than 60 people who came out for to raise funds for the Saskatchewan division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and she wasn’t going to let thunderstorms stand in the way of that goal.

“I was a little worried, being down near the river, if there was lighting, but other than that, no,” Krakowetz chuckled. “I was going to be out here in rubber boots if I had to be.”

Sunday’s walk was particularly important for Krakowetz, who suffers from MS herself. She’s one of more than 3,500 people in Saskatchewan living with the disease, and while the future is filled with uncertainty, she remains optimistic.

“I only have one life and I’m still going to live it to the fullest,” she said. “With good support and good family and friends, even if it’s not quite the life I wanted, it’s still amazing.”

An estimated 100,000 Canadians live with multiple sclerosis, which gives Canada one of the highest rates of MS in the world. However, Canada has also become a major research centre.

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