Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Calgary & Area Chapter

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Calgary & Area Chapter
MS Climb

May 05, 2010 10:00 ET

Calgary Man Climbs Kilimanjaro in Support of MS Society of Canada

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - In 1987, while travelling in Kenya, Ron Vermeulen made a promise to come back to Africa and climb Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. After hearing about MS Climb, he saw an amazing opportunity to fulfill a number of goals while raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.

"After a great deal of support and encouragement from my family, I have decided to be a part of the MS Climb Kilimanjaro this October," says Vermeulen. "By being a part of this climb, I am able to raise funds and awareness for MS in support of two very good friends, fulfill a personal promise to myself and complete an item from my "bucket list" and last but not least, celebrate my 50th birthday in style on the very day we are scheduled to approach the summit."

Ron and his brothers Gary and Brian will travel to Tanzania in early October, and spend seven awe-inspiring days hiking up the Rongai route, known for its beautiful scenery and summit success rate. He should arrive at the summit of Kilimanjaro in mid October.

Established in 2008, MS Climb has raised more than $400,000 on behalf of the MS Society of Canada, with a five year goal of raising $1 million dollars. In addition to Kilimanjaro, a climb to Everest Base camp in Nepal, a pilgrimage along the ancient El Camino Del Santiago in Spain and a trip along the Inca Trail are also planned.

About MS Climb

The Mission of MS Climb is to elevate the support of MS research, and individuals and families living with MS, by introducing a new level of fundraising through participation in a once in a lifetime adventure opportunity. For more information, visit

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. It is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is the only national volunteer health agency in Canada that funds MS research, provides services for people with MS and family members and conducts public education programs. Since its founding in 1948, the MS Society has worked to hasten the discovery of the cause, effective treatment and cure for MS. From basic laboratory research to the development of new treatments for people with MS, the MS Society's research program is making a difference in people's lives today. For more information, visit

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