The Grand Portage: A Canoe Tripper's Right of Passage and Metaphor for the Long Road Ahead to Finding a Cure for MS

"I spent many summers on long canoe trips in the Ontario wilderness. These experiences have helped shape who I am. One of the most memorable parts of these trips was the historic wilderness trail, the Grand Portage, a 13-km path from the Pigeon River to the shores of Lake Superior. It was the last haul of a 37-day expedition and as a young canoe tripper, it served as an intimidating, tough, yet rewarding rite of passage. As an MS patient, it now represents the long road ahead - for me, and all my fellow MS patients." - Felix Jasmin, TSC alumni, MS patient and founder of Le Grand Portage MS

Felix is on a mission to spread awareness and fundraise money for MS research with the hope that a cure might be found in his lifetime. On October 18th, you can support Felix in his efforts by walking, running, or biking 13-km; a distance signifying the final leg of the 36 day Quetico trip he and so many other TSC campers have accomplished, and which is the inspiration behind the name of this wonderful charitable organization: Le Grand Portage. 

An estimated 77,000 Canadians live with multiple sclerosis. By donating to Le Grand Portage, your gift will help fund joint research projects led by Dr Jack Antel (Neuro-McGill) et du Dr Alexandre Prat (CHUM-Université de Montréal), focused on the immunological and neurological mechanisms involved in the development and progression of MS. This knowledge is a necessary step towards better treatment options for the disease. Dating back more than 35 years, this unique collaboration between two of Montreal’s great medical institutions stands at the forefront of world knowledge on MS. 

All your donations (100%) will go to research, and you will receive a tax receipt from the Université de Montréal. Thank you for helping us support science. Donate Here

For the month of October Tuck Shop will donate $5 from every Grand Portage candle sold to Le Grand Portage MS.