The Trek for Tourette is a national walkathon to raise awareness and to raise money for Tourette Canada. The Trek takes place at the end of May, as part of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month.
Here in Muskoka, the event takes place Saturday, May 28 with registration beginning at 12:00 pm, and the walk commencing at 1:00 pm.
The Muskoka Trek will take place at Rotary Pavilion – Gull Lake Park, Brock St / Bethune Dr, Gravenhurst.
The first Trek was held in 2009. Over $30,000 has been raised for the Muskoka Trek since its inception.
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by tics — involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way. The cause has not been established and as yet there is no cure.
The first case of TS was reported in medical literature in 1825 by Dr. Itard. It was described again in 1883 by Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, the French neurologist for whom the disorder was named.
The Muskoka Tourette Syndrome Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month in Bracebridge 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Families and individuals affected by Tourette Syndrome, educators, and community members are all welcome to attend meetings. See our Facebook page for next meeting location.
Tourette Canada is a national voluntary organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with or affected by Tourette Syndrome through programs of: education, advocacy, self-help and the promotion of research.