Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

January 26, 2010 06:00 ET

The MS Read-A-Thon: Reading to End Multiple Sclerosis

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2010) - After its official launch in November 2009, the 32nd edition of the MS Read-A-Thon, for the benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division, is off to a promising start. To date, 71 schools are participating in this year's MS Read-A-Thon and thousands of students are reading to help end multiple sclerosis.

For the 2009–2010 edition and for the fifth consecutive year, Whynter Lamarre, a proud Member of the Canadian Silver-Medal Women's Water Polo team at the 2006 Commonwealth Championships, has gladly accepted to be spokesperson for the MS Read-A-Thon. She would like to remind schools that it's not too late to register!

This activity allows young people to discover the exciting world of literature while raising money to support research into multiple sclerosis and services for the 13,000 to 18,000 Quebecers with MS and their families. Last year, more than 4,200 kids from 76 schools across the province read more than 24,000 books and raised close to $100,000!

Multiple sclerosis is the most widespread neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. It usually strikes between the ages of 15 and 40, precisely when people are thinking of starting a family and launching a career. Every day, three new cases of MS are recorded in Canada.

For more information about the MS Read-A-Thon, or to register your school, visit www.msreadathon.com, or call 514-849-7591 or 1-800-268-7582 (toll-free in Quebec).

Contact Information

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division
    Nadia Martineau
    Communications Coordinator
    514-849-7591, ext. 245
    1-800-268-7582 (toll-free in Quebec)
    nadia.martineau@mssociety.ca