Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

April 18, 2013 12:18 ET

Halton Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 18, 2013) - On Sunday, May 5th, Halton 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 Halton Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the Halton Region event for the third year will be the 2013 Walk Ambassador, Bill Lavergne, who understands the importance of this community event. "My family and I have participated in all of the Halton Region Walk events. We wanted to become involved to raise funds and draw attention that many Canadians suffer because of this disease," says Bill, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of 53.

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 and a prize raffle.

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 5th at Coronation Park in Oakville. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.

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

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