Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

August 18, 2009 06:00 ET

15th Edition of the Air Canada Classic: More Than $3.5 Million to Beat Multiple Sclerosis!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2009) -

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For the 15th edition of the Air Canada Classic, the employees of the airline once again demonstrated their great generosity by raising $360,000, which will be donated to the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. The event was held on July 27, 2009, at the Summerlea Golf Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Since the first edition of the Air Canada Classic in 1995, more than three and a half million dollars has been raised to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families.

"The involvement of our loyal participants, employees and volunteers made this 15th edition of the tournament a huge success and we can all be very proud," said Claude Morin, honorary chair of the tournament and Vice-President, Global Sales at Air Canada. "Together, we have moved one step closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis."

This annual golf tournament is organized by employees of the airline to help people who have MS, like Richard Lemire, their retired colleague and friend. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is very grateful for the help of a partner as prestigious as Air Canada in achieving its mission.

MS is the most widespread neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada; some 55,000 to 75,000 Canadians have it. It generally strikes people between the ages of 15 and 40. Every year in Canada, close to fifty children are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Its symptoms are unpredictable and their severity varies from one person to the next. They may include extreme fatigue, speech problems, vision problems, tremor, loss of balance, numbness and sometimes even paralysis. To date, the disease can be neither prevented nor cured.

For more information about multiple sclerosis, contact the MS Society at 514-849-7591 or toll-free at 1-800-268-7582, or visit

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