Laps for Muscular Dystrophy was founded by Brad Miller who was diagnosed at age 10 with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy - a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. As a child he had trouble playing team sports and faced major difficulties in keeping up with the other kids his age. Which eventually led to a quick visit to the family doctor resulting in him having a muscle biopsy at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. After this the doctors were able to confirm his diagnosis. Providing him with the reason why he was unable to keep up while participating in team sports. Resulting in Brad never being able to run with the other children or play and unfortunately this did result in him becoming an easy target for school yard bullies.
FACING CHILDHOOD BULLYING & HARASSMENT
FACING CHILDHOOD BULLYING & HARASSMENT
Sadly, many children would go out of their way to make fun of Brad focusing on making fun of the way he walked, often calling him hurtful names to even being spit on one time in class. This all happening during the same time he was dealing with being diagnosed with a muscle wasting disorder. Unfortunately, the bullying Brad faced would last all the way up until he graduated high school. Eventually only to be harrassed a few years later by total strangers after he started using an accessible parking permit. Resulting in grown adults hurling insults his way whenever he parked in these spaces at times some even threatened to call the police. This all resulting from him living with what most would consider a hidden disability. To this day Brad believes it is unfortunate that so many people have a stereotypical view of people with disabilities. Many thinking if they don't see a wheelchair or some obvious sign of a disability that you must not have one. Resulting in some believing that this somehow gives them the right to harass total strangers.
BRAD STARTS SHARING HIS STORY
Eventually out of frustration Brad launched the My Becker's Story blog in an effort to help educate the public about hidden disabilities - as he simply wanted the harassment to stop. He first started by sharing his personal story taking readers from the day of his diagnosis of Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy all the way up until his mid-thirties. This allowed him to connect with others living with Muscular Dystrophy eventually leading to him connecting with mothers sharing stories of their children being bullied. Encouraging Brad in 2010 to share his story of being bullied. Leading to him launching Becker's Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week which takes place the first full week of October enabling kids with Becker’s MD to raise awareness among their schoolmates. Providing opportunities for friendships & understanding. After all due to his experiences he believes that no one should ever be treated poorly simply for being different or having a physical disability.
THE FOUNDING OF LAPS4MD
Not too long after this Brad turned his focus into finding a way of combining his love of motorsports with raising awareness of Muscular Dystrophy. After all growing up he longed to be a professional racer up until he was diagnosed with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy, which resulted in him being unable to pursue his dream. Though he still longed to be a part of the racing community, which eventually led to founding of LAPS4MD where racers & teams donate $1 for every lap they lead helping to improve the lives of those living with Muscular Dystrophy. With funds raised benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Canada & the MDA in the USA. It all started in 2014 when LAPS4MD gained its first supporter in dirt track racer Shelby Mills, who was quickly followed by NASCAR Pinty’s Series racer Joey McColm of Canada’s Best Racing Team along with open-wheel racer Matt Garwood & Ben Young who races in the Canadian Superbike Championship. Then with the help of Mike Rice of Infinet Motorsports came the creation of the LAPS4MD logo and the rest is history.
As of today LAPS4MD has over 30 professional racers across Canada & the USA donating $1 for every lap they lead - flexing their muscles on track to have a positive impact on families affected by Muscular Dystrophy.
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