Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

May 08, 2013 14:06 ET

Durham Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

WHITBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 8, 2013) - On Sunday, May 26th, Durham Region 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 annual Durham Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the Durham Region event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassadors, the Harold family, who understand the importance of this community event. "We look forward every year to re-connecting with past participants, meeting new people and of course spreading awareness about Muscular Dystrophy! We love to share our story," says Janice, whose son Alex was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of four.

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 a visit from a local Fire Fighter.

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 Sunday, May 26th at Heydenshore Park in Whitby. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.

To take part in the Durham Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit

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