Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

September 05, 2013 11:12 ET

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 5, 2013) - On Saturday, September 21st, Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area will be moving its muscles to make an impact in the fight against muscular dystrophy. The community will be coming together to support thousands of children, teens and adults who are affected by neuromuscular disorders in Canada at the inaugural Sault Ste. Marie & Area Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the Sault Ste. Marie event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassadors, the Hewgill family, who understand the importance of this community event. "We feel the walk would benefit by bringing others in our community affected by Muscular Dystrophy together for a common goal to raise awareness and help raise money for more research. As a family, being a part of the walk will give us satisfaction that we are contributing to the fight against Muscular Dystrophy," said Mary, whose daughter, Katie, is affected by muscular dystrophy.

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of progressive muscle disorders that weaken the muscles that control body movement. These disorders can have devastating effects, resulting in the loss of most abilities we take for granted. Over time, many people with neuromuscular disorders are unable to walk, speak or ultimately breathe. For some, the disorder is fatal.

The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy is "an opportunity for the community to come together and support those affected by neuromuscular disorders at the local level." describes Stacey Lintern, Muscular Dystrophy Canada Ontario Executive Director. This family-friendly, fully inclusive event will include activities for kids, food and refreshments, a prize raffle and even a visit from local Fire Fighters who will be doing the Walk in full bunker gear! This year's Honorary Chair is City Councillor and radio host Lou Turco who will be speaking at the event.

Proceeds from the event support various programs including funding equipment, assistive living devices and support services for individuals and families faced with financial hardships, information and advocacy initiatives, and fund research to one day find a cure. Muscular Dystrophy Canada receives almost no government funding and relies on donor dollars.

The fun will be taking place on Saturday, September 21st at Roberta Bondar Pavilion in Sault Ste. Marie. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.

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