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Cerebral Palsy Woman Tackling the Mississauga Marathon

Posted by on 7th Apr,2014 in Category Stories ~ Comments Off

The Mississauga Marathon that will take place on May 4 will have some amazing runners. Included in this list if Joanne Strang, 61, who has cerebral palsy. She will be doing the 2 km event as a member of Team World Vision Canada.

Strang was asked to join the run by her colleague at World Vision, Nellis Jacob-Tritto. Strang was surprised by the invitation. As she said, “I never would have thought that anyone would even think to ask me. Nellie told me, ‘Whatever you do, I’ll do along beside you.’”

“Being invited to join Team World Vision, even though I am differently-abled, means a lot to me. I have worked at World Vision for 40 years. I care deeply about the work we do and the children we serve.”

At 11, Strang had five operations to help her to deal with her cerebral palsy. Although she is, at times, required to use a wheelchair, she won’t be able to do so during the 2k. She is going to try to walk the entire 2k. She has begun training by walking the hallway of her condo and she has joined the early walkers at Erin Mills Town Centre on Saturday mornings.

As she said, “Two kilometres will definitely be challenging for me. But every meter I complete will make a difference in lives of vulnerable children. I want to raise $1 for every metre I complete. My fundraising goal is $2,000 for my 2 kilometre walk.”

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