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Deer Lake Walkers Finish Walk - August 28 2015

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THUNDER BAY – Deer Lake First Nation walkers Eric Nothing, Mark Meekis, Donna Meekis, Jocelyn Nothing and Eva Nothing have completed a long walk. The Walkers travelled from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg and back raising money for a dialysis machine for Deer Lake. It was a journey of over a million steps, 877 kilometres, and lots of sore muscles and aches and pains. But all of that faded to smiles and tears as a part of this emotional journey came to an end. The walk has been successful. “High rates of diabetes and the lack of local access to treatment has caused a desperate situation in our community. Our members who suffer from diabetes are forced to leave home for treatment and many never return,” said Deer Lake First Nation Chief Roy Dale Meekis. “The ability to have dialysis at home would greatly improve the quality of life for our community members and I am proud of these walkers for their efforts to increase First Nation access to much-needed health care services.” “We did it all for you, for the community,” said Marcus Meekis, speaking on behalf of the Walkers. The efforts of the youth have not gone unnoticed. Over a million steps later, the Deer Lake Walkers have effected change in their community, Over a million steps later, the Deer Lake Walkers have effected change in their community, Their efforts were shared by NetNewsLedger with the Toronto Natralya Lions Club. That led to discussions between Sandy Heeralal-Judhan, the Region 7 Chair that helped lead to an agreement to supply a machine to Deer Lake First Nation. MaryEllen Thomas from Northstar Air shares the news that the Toronto Netayla Lions Club is stepping up to help in Deer Lake. Northstar Air has been quietly but very busy behind the scenes helping the Deer Lake Walkers. Deer Lake First Nation is one of the Northstar Air community partners. Sandy Heeralal-Judhan Region 7 Chair, states, “Through our partnerships with other organizations we have located a dialysis machine. Our Lions Club would be pleased to donate this machine to Deer Lake First Nation”.