Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

October 29, 2009 06:00 ET

Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada: More Than $57,000 Offered by the Fondation Jacques-F. Gougoux for Services for People With MS

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2009) -

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The Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is delighted to be able to count on the Fondation Jacques-F. Gougoux in improving the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and their families. A donation of $57,386, spread over 15 years, will enable the MS Society to make some of its services more accessible.

In its funding arrangement, the Fondation Jacques-F. Gougoux undertakes to distribute two $2,000 grants to two local chapters of the Quebec Division of the MS Society, to enable them to offer the Hope and Cope program to people who have just been diagnosed with MS and their families. A third grant, in the amount of $1,000, will be allocated to a family that will be invited to take part in the Quebec Division's Espoir Famille conference free of charge. "By granting this financial assistance, the foundation is achieving its mandate of making a difference in the lives of people with multiple sclerosis and their families, by offering them direct assistance," stated Annie Boisclair, Senior Director of Development at the Quebec Division of the MS Society.

Espoir Famille Conference

The Espoir Famille conference constitutes a unique opportunity for people with MS and their families (spouses, children and teens) from all corners of Quebec to get together over a weekend and learn about various topics related to MS. This educational meeting gives people with MS a chance to meet other people who are living through the same circumstances as them, in a relaxed atmosphere where they can talk about their own experiences and those of their families and learn how to deal with the disease in their daily lives.

Hope and Cope Program

The Hope and Cope program is intended for people who have recently been diagnosed with MS and for their families. It gives participants up-to-date information on the disease, treatments, psychological issues and available resources.

The MS Society and the Quebec Division

The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. The Quebec Division and its 25 local chapters contribute to achieving this mission by developing resources, publications and educational programs, among other things.

Multiple sclerosis is the most widespread neurological disease among young adults in Canada. It affects three times as many women as men. The recent progress in research gives us the hope that we will conquer MS in the near future. And everyone is working tirelessly to do that: together, researchers, volunteers, employees and donors are doing everything in their power to make the most of these favourable developments and build a future without MS.

To End MS...

For more information on how to help people with MS and contribute to research on this disease, visit www.mssociety.ca/qc or call 514-849-7591 or 1-800-268-7582, toll-free in Quebec.

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