Dwain King is one prince of a guy, and his dedication and devotion to the cause of fighting muscular dystrophy, when he’s not out fighting fires, has won him the Fire Fighter of the Year Award, Muscular Dystrophy Canada announced Aug. 27.
A fire fighter for more than 20 years, and during that time has formed a strong relationship with Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
“Dwain has been heavily involved over the years as a coordinator and fundraiser within his department, and more recently as a member of the Provincial Firefighters Committee as a Co-Advisor to the Central Vancouver Island Region,” said the MDC release.
The commendation notes that fire fighters have a long standing tradition of supporting people who have neuromuscular disorders, and King has been exemplary. Most recently he initiated the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy in Nanaimo.
“This event is now heading into its third year and has grown in popularity as well as exposure,” says the release. “To date, the Nanaimo walk for Muscular Dystrophy Canada has raised over $40,000.”
The 2015 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Canada will take place at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo on Saturday Sept. 26, from noon to 3 p.m.
More info at walkformusculardystrophy.ca.
Muscular dystrophy is the name for a group of genetic disorders, called neuromuscular disorders, characterized by progressive weakness of the body’s muscles.
Some people with muscular dystrophy may lose the ability to walk, speak, and ultimately breathe. For some it is fatal. There is currently no cure for the disease.
Fire Fighters have been partnered with Muscular Dystrophy Canada for over 60 years. They are the organization’s strongest and longest standing supporters, raising about $3 million every year.