Muscular Dystrophy Canada



Muscular Dystrophy Canada

May 14, 2014 13:47 ET

Eastern Ontario Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

NAPANEE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 14, 2014) - On Saturday, May 31st Eastern Ontario will be coming together to make muscles move in an effort to fight against muscular dystrophy. The community will be supporting thousands of children, teens and adults who face the daily challenges of living with a neuromuscular disorder in Canada at the annual Eastern Ontario Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of over 150 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 to support people affected by neuromuscular disorders to remain healthy, strong and live life to the fullest" describes Stacey Lintern, Muscular Dystrophy Canada Ontario Executive Director. This fun, family-friendly, fully accessible event will include activities for kids and adults, food, refreshments, a prize raffle and a visit from the local Fire Fighters.

Returning to the event again this year is the Child Development Centre in Kingston who will be bringing along crafts and activities. Carol Rogers, a member of the team at the clinic, sees this partnership as a success. "We enjoyed the partnership and bringing together community resources from both events."

Muscular Dystrophy Canada receives almost no government funding and relies on community events and the generosity of its donor. Participating in the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy will assist in providing a brighter future for people affected by neuromuscular disorders. Funds raised will make funding for equipment, emotional support, advocacy and education possible. It will also fund therapy treatments and leading research to one day find a cure.

The fun will be taking place on Saturday, May 31st at Conservation 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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