Shannon Dickson was overwhelmed with joy when her longtime love and partner Tim Michalchuk proposed marriage to her at the end of his almost month long walk for MS Saturday.
“I had no clue,” Shannon said Monday from a park in Vancouver where the family spent the day playing with their children Mavorneen, 7, and Peter 4.
“It was a big shock, but I am very happy. Over the moon.”
Tim said he bought the engagement ring a couple of months ago and was waiting for the right moment to propose.
“I was pretty caught up in the moment,” Tim said. “After being together for 10 years I wanted to make it official.”
Their engagement was captured live by CTV outside the University of British Columbia’s teaching hospital. In front of a small crowd that included their children and grandparents, Tim got down on one knee to propose to the love of his life.
“I need you to do me a favour,” he said, pulling out the ring. “Tell me you’ll marry me?”
“Of I course I will. In a heartbeat,” Shannon said. “His shins are black and blue from bruising and he’s got horrible blisters on his feet, but he’s done this for me.”
The family lives in Bella Coola where Tim works as a heavy duty mechanic.
When Shannon’s MS symptoms became more acute after a motor vehicle accident the family was involved in just before Christmas Tim was determined to raise funds so that Shannon could have stem cell treatment in one of the trials taking place in the U.S., England, or Mexico.
To raise the funds, Tim started training for his “Million Steps” walk to raise the funds.
He began his walk in Prince George April 2 and ended Saturday, April 30 in Vancouver after circling more than 1,100 kilometres through the Okanagan.
He said he’s “almost a bit sad” that the walk is now over.
“Between the truck breaking down and wearing through a pair of shoes, it’s been an adventure,” Tim said. “I’d go to the end of the world and back if it meant helping this woman. But isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?”
Monday the family spent the day playing at a park with their children. In the evening they were invited to a potluck dinner hosted by Bella Coola residents who live in Vancouver before heading home on Tuesday.
The couple’s GoFundMe page has raised more than $10,000 for Dickson’s treatment. For more information or to make a donation, check out their page at https://www.gofundme.com/kehkkd4k.