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Dec 15 2010
A Visit from "Tim's Shoes"
Category: Around the DMC



Tim’s Shoe (an actual gym shoe) travels the world to raise awareness about Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Because there are no parades, marathons, or fundraisers for MSA, the travels of Tim’s Shoe around the world have come to represent an invisible marathon. This week, the shoe visits Motown and DMC was one of the hot spots. Next week, Tim’s Shoe is headed to Italy. 

Presented with an official DMC Badge, Tim’s Shoe visited DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

“MSA is a rare condition that causes progressive neurological degeneration. Presently, there are no treatments to delay the progress and very few treatments to deal with its symptoms. The disease tends to advance rapidly over the course of five to 10 years, with progressive loss of motor skills, eventual confinement to bed and then death. The cause of MSA is unknown, there is no remission and currently, there is no cure, “said Phil Fortier, Tim’s Shoe Detroit Caregiver. Fortier’s brother suffers from MSA.

For pictures and video from the visit, click here to visit our DMC Flickr site at www.flickr.com/dmc_heals.

Other Resources on Tim's Shoe and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)


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Tim's Shoe Facebook Site:



MSA Information:





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Cathy June 7, 2011 at 01:24 pm

This is amazing !!!!!My dad is in the last stages of MSA .How can I get tims shoe to canada ?

Daniel Fuoco June 7, 2011 at 01:43 pm

Cathy (6/7/2011 2:24:48 PM)

This is amazing !!!!!My dad is in the last stages of MSA .How can I get tims shoe to canada ?

It IS a wonderful movement. You may contact Philip Fortier fortiepm@udmercy.edu for more information on Tim's Shoes.

Li Sabo June 7, 2011 at 01:55 pm

You can find the "Where Is Tim's Shoe" on Facebook. The shoe has its facebook page.

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