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.

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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.

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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.

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