Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

May 29, 2013 13:36 ET

Eastern Ontario Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Only 3 days away! Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

NAPANEE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) - On Saturday, June 1st, Eastern Ontario 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 Eastern Ontario Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the Eastern Ontario event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassador, Tina Green, who understands the importance of this community event. "[The Walk] will benefit my family and community by helping to raise funds for research and awareness as well as helping to educate people about muscular dystrophy and especially for those who do have it and allow them to realize there are people out there that do care," says Tina, whose niece and brother are both affect by Myotonic 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 food and refreshments, a prize raffle and a visit from local Fire Fighters. New this year, Muscular Dystrophy Canada has teamed up with the Child Development Centre in Kingston, who will be providing crafts and activities for children.

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, June 1st at Conservation Park Pavilion in Napanee. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.

To take part in the Eastern Ontario Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca.

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