I’m Lori Fiorino and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on January 29th, 2013 at Health Sciences North (HSN). Two scans (one with contrast and one without) inside the hospital’s sole MRI, five days apart, confirmed my diagnosis and helped
determine my treatment course. To look at me at that time, you would have thought I had suffered a stroke. I was actually in the middle of an MS exacerbation that rendered me half paralyzed. Without an MRI, my life would have looked completely different the past eight years.
I’ve lost count of how many scans I’ve had over the years, with many being scheduled in the middle of the night! But I’m not alone. Pediatric, cancer and cardiac patients, among others, require MRIs too – we have to be ready to go in at any time of the day or night, after a long wait to get an appointment.
What does this all mean? HSN needs a second MRI! And we can all help!!
I’m raising funds this year for the HSN Foundation to support the purchase of a much needed second MRI. To earn your pledges, I promise to walk alone (socially and physically distancing) the morning of May 20th (my birthday) around the Delki Dozzi track. I’ll go live on Facebook and Instagram so you can watch me in action! Why have I decided to walk? Because I can! Sadly, many people living with MS have much more advanced forms of the disease. In their honour, I will continue to walk for them. If you’re able to help me reach my goal, with any amount at all, I thank you in advance!