Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

February 11, 2010 13:00 ET

Muscular Dystrophy Canada Ambassador Keith Martin to Carry Olympic Torch

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - Muscular Dystrophy Canada Ambassador Keith Martin will take to the road - again! Keith will carry the Olympic Torch along East 1st Street Avenue from Salsbury Drive to Semlin Drive in Vancouver on Friday, February 12 at 10:00 AM PST.

Keith was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD) in October 2005. FSHD is an autosomal dominant disorder that affects the skeletal muscles. FSHD occurs in the Canadian population at an estimated frequency of about one in twenty thousand.

Keith gained national recognition when he and four friends - The Flying Five - participated in the Moving Muscles Ride 2008. They cycled across the country raising $150,000 along the way through a letter campaign.

Currently in the process of completing a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Keith is proud to be a part of the Torch Relay.

"I am a huge fan of the Olympics! I think it's amazing how the world comes together to celebrate the competing athletes and their achievements. The passion and pride is incredible," Keith wrote in an email.

"Being in Vancouver for these Olympics is that much more special. It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Keith Martin along with Danielle Campo, Russ Howards and Danielle Peers, who carried the Olympic Torch in January in Edmonton, are Muscular Dystrophy Canada's National Ambassadors.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada's mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well-funded research. For more information on muscular dystrophy or Muscular Dystrophy Canada, visit

Contact Information

  • Media Contact: Muscular Dystrophy Canada
    Berta Mascarenhas
    National Manager, Marketing and Communications
    416-488-0030 ext. 158