Reposted from insidetoronto.com
Dystonia foundation renames annual fundraiser to honour Saundercook family
In honour of a “courageous” individual and his “trailblazing” family, the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada (DMRF Canada) has re-christened the name of its annual run/walk to Chuck’s Run.
Chuck Saundercook passed away from Dystonia-related complications in 1978 at the age of 17. His family, including his brother, former Parkdale-High Park Councillor Bill Saundercook, have been leaders in founding and fostering Dystonia research in Toronto.
“Not only have the Saundercooks raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research, but their efforts have improved the lives of thousands of Torontonians who suffer from this life-altering movement disorder,” said Diane Gillespie, executive director of DMRF Canada in a statement. “Their outstanding commitment – which spans more than 30 years – is a testament to the power we all have to make a difference.”
The Saundercook family founded the Toronto Chapter of DMRF Canada, established the original Toronto Walk for Dystonia and organized and hosted an annual 24-hour swim-a-thon.