North Vancouver's Allison Jones knows all too well the benefits of a supportive community.
A mom to a four-and-a-half year old with two rare conditions, Jones is grateful to her peers, other parents of children with special needs, whom she's come to know through her ongoing involvement with the Rare Disease Foundation's family and patient support programs.
That commitment to supporting others will no doubt come in handy when next Saturday, Sept. 26, Jones and her team of eight other women will tackle the Whistler Mudderella, a non-competitive, five to seven mile long, muddy, obstacle course designed by and geared primarily towards women.
"Our motto is: We start together, we finish together. So if we have to slow down, we slow down for a teammate, but we're going to finish together," says Jones, 43, a married mother of three boys. More than about finishing the gruelling course, Jones and her team have dedicated their participation to the Rare Disease Foundation and are using it as a means of raising funds and awareness. "Meeting the parents at the Rare Disease Foundation, I couldn't have gotten through a lot of it without their support. They've become almost like a second family.. .. All of the programs that they do for the families, I just want to keep it going. Anything we can do to help, I'm all over it," she says.
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