Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

April 29, 2010 06:00 ET

Sophie Thibault, Spokesperson of MS Awareness Month, Encourages You to Be Generous During the MS Carnation Campaign

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - The MS Carnation Campaign is on the move! From May 6 to 8, 2010, during MS Awareness Month, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division, invites the public, on the occasion of the Mother's Day weekend, to think about the many people who are affected by multiple sclerosis and to make a donation or buy a carnation. For the sixth year in a row, Sophie Thibault, anchorperson of TVA Nouvelles, will be the spokesperson of MS Awareness Month with the aim of making people aware of the devastating effects of MS, a neurological disease that mainly affects people between the ages of 15 and 40.

Sophie Thibault has a personal interest in ending this degenerative disease, because her mother had MS for more than 50 years. Her dedicated involvement with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada won her the title of MS Ambassador in 2008. "During the MS Carnation Campaign, please give generously to the cause so you will be part of the historic moment when Canadian researchers announce that they have found a cure for multiple sclerosis," urges Ms. Thibault.

The nationwide MS Carnation Campaign, launched in 1976, is the MS Society's oldest fundraising campaign. Throughout Canada, during the three days preceding Mother's Day, thousands of volunteers offer real carnations to the general public in exchange for a donation to the MS Society. Last year, the fundraising campaign raised $582,000 in Quebec alone.

Three times as many women as men have MS. Mother's Day is therefore a perfect time to show support for all the people living with this neurological disease. Each carnation purchased during the event is a symbol of hope for the 13,000 to 18,000 Quebecers with MS and will help us to end the disease. Every day, three Canadians learn that they have MS, and every year approximately 50 children are diagnosed with the disease.

The whole world will show its solidarity with the cause on May 26, 2010: World MS Day. This May, use the power of the flower to end MS!

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