Living with MS: Griffin Purdy

Leading up to Saturday’s Jayman Built Lakeland MS Walk, LCN is featuring a local person who has been affected by Multiple Sclerosis; this is Griffin’s story. The author’s original content has not been altered. 

Growing up with a parent who has MS, I’ve learned lots of things about MS and realize that I am very fortunate because my dad can still do lots of things with me. – Griffin Purdy

Hi, I’m Griffin Mitchell Purdy and I’m seven years old. My dad was diagnosed with MS in 2008, when I was just a baby and now that I am older I walk with him every year to help find a cure for MS. My dad is captain of our Team, MS Ain’t Purdy, and together we have raised truckloads of money – over $252,000 in the past six years!

I was also very luck because, in 2013, our team raised a lot of money and my dad and I got to travel together to New Orleans for the MS Walk of Champions. It was so fun, we even flew the Canadian flag while we walked with the other Canadians at the event!

I had such a great time in 2013, and decided I wanted to do it again and represent the Lakeland Region in 2014 too! I successfully fundraised over $11,000 and last spring my and I got to take the whole family to San Francisco. It was very exciting to be able to help raise MS Awareness and to attend a San Fran Giants Baseball game with my dad.

Growing up with a parent that has MS, I’ve learned lots of things about the disease and realize that I am very fortunate because my dad can still do lots of things with me. He coaches my hockey and soccer teams, leads my Youth Group, teaches me how to rope and ride and takes me to monster truck bashes. He is the best!

My goal, now, is to be an Ambassador for MS. Last year, I just wanted to help my dad, this year I want to help everyone living with MS.

 

*Griffin’s dream of helping everyone has come true! A more up-to-date-profile on the young man can be found here.

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