We are all capable of amazing things

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Autumn is already here. Holidays are done for now, for most people. It’s back to school and a return to productivity, routines, schedules and worries about catching the flu or worse. In all of that, it’s good when we find something or someone to inspire us, to remind us that we can do great things even with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

We don’t normally watch this kind of program but, upon learning of the Winnipeg participant, Catherine Wreford Ledlow, on The Amazing Race Canada, my partner and I got hooked on the show this summer. It is a reality television competition between 10 teams of two in a race around the world to amazing locations, competing for a prize of $250,000. Wreford Ledlow and her teammate Craig Ramsay, originally from Windsor, Ont., first met at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School almost 25 years ago and have been best friends since.

The Amazing Race competitors are asked to complete numerous physically and mentally demanding challenges involving everything from learning dance steps and memorizing long lists of exact words in the right order, to shucking oysters and running an obstacle course while wearing military gear. Watching the series reminds viewers of our power and ability to achieve anything we set our minds to, no matter how difficult.

Winnipegger Catherine Wreford Ledlow and teammate Craig Ramsay were the winners of The Amazing Race Canada.

What made this year’s series particularly compelling is that Wreford Ledlow is living with brain cancer. Diagnosed nine years ago, she was told she had two to six years to live. Not only is she still with us but the 42-year-old mother of two and her partner actually won the whole competition.

Two viewing parties were held at Confusion Corner Food and Drinks earlier this month, where fans of hers and of the show gathered to watch the most recent episodes and hear Wreford Ledlow speak.

The events were put on to raise money for research into Wreford Ledlow’s illness, and excited guests bought tickets and made donations to the cause. I was one of those who, with my partner, watched with great anticipation as the episode unfolded and ultimately ended with Team Catherine and Craig making it to the final. Cheers and tears erupted as viewers shared in the jubilation.

There was something magical about watching these two look after each other, co-operate and help the other thrive through the many strenuous and at times overwhelming challenges. It’s a much-needed reminder of the importance of how looking after one another will allow all of us to thrive.

I think it’s safe to say that what matters most to those who watched Team Catherine and Craig in action is that we are all capable of amazing things. No matter what.

Janine LeGal

Janine LeGal
St. Boniface community correspondent

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface who also writes the These Old Houses column for our Community Homes section.

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