Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

May 01, 2007 06:00 ET

The Carnation: a Symbol of Hope for the 13,000 to 18,000 People in Quebec Who Have Multiple Sclerosis

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 1, 2007) - On Mother's Day weekend, the Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its 31st annual MS Carnation Campaign. This event is part of MS Awareness Month, for which Sophie Thibault, news anchor on TVA's Edition reseau, has accepted to be the spokesperson for the third year.

Sophie Thibault has been pleased to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society for a number of years. Ms. Thibault is well aware of the impact of this disease because her mother has had MS for over 50 years. She hopes that in May, during MS Awareness Month, people will give thought to all those who are affected by this disease and make a donation or buy a carnation on Mother's Day weekend.

The MS Carnation Campaign will be held May 10 through 13 across Quebec. Last year, more than 190,000 carnations were sold, raising $493,000 for research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis and for services for people with MS and their families. This year's provincial objective is $500,000.

Hundreds of volunteers will sell carnations in public spaces; the carnation is a symbol of hope for the 55,000 to 75,000 Canadians with MS. Multiple sclerosis is the most wide-spread neurological disorder among young adults in Canada and mainly strikes between the ages of 15 and 40. Every day, three Canadians learn that they have MS; the ratio of women to men is three to one. Every year, about fifty children are also diagnosed with MS.

May is MS Awareness Month: what better time to make a donation, buy a carnation, or consider making a bequest for a future without MS. For more information, visit www.mssociety.ca/qc or call 1-800-268-7582.

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