GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 23, 2014) - On Saturday, April 26th Guelph & Area 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 inaugural Guelph & Area Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
As a participant who returns year after year, Julie Edwards gets to see the impact this community event has firsthand. Serving as the 2014 Guelph & Area Walk Ambassador, she truly believes in the power of this event. "The walk means meeting new people and creating new memories for everyone while walking towards a common goal. This sense of spirit is what drives me year after year," said Julie, whose son Ethen was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was three.
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 fun, family-friendly, fully accessible event will include activities for kids and adults, a prize raffle, food and more.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada receives almost no government funding and relies on community events and the generosity of its donors. 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, April 26th at Riverside Park in Guelph. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.
To take part in the Guelph & Area Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca.