There’s nothing like a friend to help you through some painful moments.
Dr. Greg Morris, of the Diamond Valley Chiropractic and Health Centre, flew out to Winnipeg on July 24 to help his pal, David Proctor, who has slowed his cross-country run across Canada due to a herniated disc.
“Hopefully, I can help Dave out,” Morris said on Monday, the night before flying out to the ’Peg. “I am going to do a laser treatment on him and I am ultimately going to train his staff to use the laser… We’ve had really good luck with this laser, from a company called BioFlex.”
The company is lending the laser to Proctor for the duration of his trip, but it will be his support, Wayne and Trish Gaudet, who will operate the laser.
“Once they have it down, they can use the laser several times a day on David,” Morris said. “It will give Dave that extra push to decrease the inflammation around his disc and his nerves.”
Proctor, a massage therapist at Diamond Valley, is overwhelmed with the support he’s getting from his pals.
“For them to take time out of their busy schedule to give me a treatment…” Proctor said. “A local chiropractic team coming out all this way to my rescue.”
Proctor has put his attempt to break Al Howie’s record of running across Canada in 72 days on hiatus, due to the injury. However, he still plans to dip his foot in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, NFLD, in his attempt to raise funds and awareness for the Rare Disease Foundation. His son Sam, a student at St. Mary’s School, has a rare disease that affects his balance and mobility.
“I want to be running more than I am, back to my 100km-plus days,” Proctor said. “My nerve is making it impossible. When it comes on, it’s like it’s on fire. I can’t walk. Every single day, you go as far as you can, and then you have to stop.”
Proctor had to stop on Monday after only running 30km — about Okotoks to the High River Airport — and stopped in Portage La Prairie.
He’s looking at the bright side — B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan are behind him.
“I have to let the Trans-Canada record go, it’s not going to happen,” Proctor said. “I’m focusing on what I have behind me and going forward we are going to raise money and awareness… Every day on the highway I have more people honking at me, they are hearing about it nationally.
“I am giving it my all, every single day. For a lot of families living with someone with a rare disease they don’t have the voice I do. I am going to be there for them for the next while.”
Proctor started getting back pains early in the race. It started hurting in Victoria B.C. on June 26 — the day before he started his run.
“When I started to run it felt good,” Proctor said. “All I wanted to do was to keep running, but it has gotten worse… I don’t know how people live with chronic back pain.”
Proctor added while a record would have been nice, his top priority is family — he wants to be in good health for his wife Sharon and his three children for years to come.
He sees his goal of finishing the run his ‘bronze medal’ while breaking the medal would be gold.
It’s still great to be on the podium.
“If I get my bronze medal by finishing this run across Canada, that is one heck of a thing to celebrate,” he said.
For anyone wishing to donate to Proctor’s run go to outrunrare.com