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Changing Lives...
One Step at a Time

What do Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia, the New York Marathon, and Candace House have in common?


(Carla Loeppky,

Chair of the Candace House Board of Directors)

Some of you may know that I have a progressive neurological disorder called Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia (SCA) — a condition that primarily impacts my balance and vision.


I have had it since birth but only started experiencing symptoms in my late twenties.

Now, on the cusp of my 50th year, my day to day life looks a little different than it used to!


You might also know that I like running. Not for speed but definitely for mental and physical health. A few months ago, in a moment of recklessness, I applied to the lottery for a chance to run in the New York City Marathon. And, against some pretty crazy odds, was successful at securing a spot!!!

Because of the SCA, I will be running as an Athlete with a Disability and have access to a support runner (my son Henry!!!). This means that on November 6, 2022, Henry and I will be toodling through New York City, enjoying every minute of a highly painful experience. [We have a great support team as well — special kudos to Shelly and Brina for being the absolute best]


So... What does Candace House have to do with this?

I’ve decided to use this as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for Candace House’s upcoming expansion. Candace House is a one of a kind organization that provides comfort, refuge and support for victims, survivors and loved ones impacted by violent crime while the case is in court. In the short time it’s been operating, we’ve already supported over 600 unique family members following the loss of over 60 loved ones to violent crime.

As the current Board Chair, I have seen firsthand the amazing work of this small organization; I am honoured to be a part of the team.

As you might be seeing in the news, violent crime has increased dramatically over the last few years, which means more families need our support. But, we don't have enough space and have had to turn families away.

So, when additional space opened up in our building, it felt like all the paths were converging: it was time for CANDACE HOUSE TO EXPAND!

Now — with the countdown to November 6th coming up quickly (yikes!) — I am eager to raise both funds and awareness for Candace House.

I would absolutely love if you were also part of this incredible expansion journey by giving a gift today!


I am thankful to be part of an organization that is changing the lives of people… one step at a time.

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Post run training pic:

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