Laps of Love is a non-profit campaign to raise awareness for Dystonia- a rare neuromuscular disorder that affects over 50,000 patients in Canada for which there is limited expertise amongst the medical and paramedical communities (i.e. massage therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy, etc)
My daughters were the main inspiration to my campaign, Laps of Love. They would come to my swim practices and swim meets and cheer so loudly and scream “go mommy go, we love you!”. When I am struggling with practices or I am having trouble because of my symptoms, they stand at the end of the deck saying, ” you can do it mommy, we love you!” or “take a break mommy”. Each lap I swam, I would touch the wall and look up and my daughters would be smiling at me with two thumbs up. Each lap was fueled by love, hence the campaign name. One day after my swim, I sat on the deck dangling my feet in the water looking at the starting blocks feeling defeated. I remember thinking that there had to be some way raising awareness and connecting with the community. That’s when I started to journal my ideas and Laps of Love was born.
My mission is train, swim and race to raise $10,000.00 and by swimming a dollar a lap (that’s 10,00 laps) I will spread the awareness for dystonia and support the ongoing research by the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation of Canada. On September 8, I hope to have this goal completed and if not, this day will be a day I will be swimming to complete the challenge. This is close to my heart, as after suffering a silent stroke in 2013, I was diagnosed with hemi-facial spasm and cervical dystonia in 2014.
If I am successful, I will meet people along the way who want to take part and help me take what started as an idea and turn it into an annual campaign and spreading the awareness.
If you would like to know more about my story and Laps of Love, I invite you to check out my website: www.lapsoflove.ca