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An MS diagnosis ended her skating career — but launched her next one

Crystal Phillips's dreams of an Olympic medal were shattered by an MS diagnosis, but the 29-year-old set her sights on a new goal.
After a diagnosis of MS changed her life, 29-year- old Crystal Phillips founded the Branch Out Foundation. 16:18

Crystal Phillips was racing toward an Olympic medal when her dreams were shattered.

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis changed the 29-year-old's life. While the news took her off course in her competitive speed-skating career, it set her on a new path.

Phillips founded the Branch Out Neurological Foundation, an institute that funds research blending holistic approaches to health with conventional neuroscience. Branch Out has already funded over 40 research projects in Western Canada.

This is the most proud I've ever felt.- Crystal Phillips

Phillips is one of a new generation of passionate change-makers profiled in CBC's new series We Are Canada. Watch the series Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC and online.


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