MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It came as a shock to many in the hockey community. Last October, just before the start of the NHL season, Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding announced he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

But he’s vowed not to let the disease slow him down. Harding is currently one of the only professional athletes playing with this condition. He missed a lot of last season because of it, but played every game of the playoffs after Niklas Backstrom went down with an injury before Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Now, Harding is starting a charity to raise awareness and help support others living with M.S. The kickoff event for “Harding’s Hope” is at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis.

Harding established “Harding’s Hope” once he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis with the idea of giving back since he’s a professional athlete. He wanted to get awareness out, get the word out about the disease and garner support to help fight it.

The event is for all ages, and there will be live music, food and games. Tickets cost $25 to $50.


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