LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 28, 2014) - On Saturday, June 14th London 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 London Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
As returning participants, the McGonigal family gets to see the impact this community event has firsthand. Serving as the 2014 London Walk Ambassadors, they truly believe in the power of this event. "Owen is personally driven to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy because he recognizes that research is very expensive and is committed to doing all he can to ensure scientists have access to much needed funding," said Angela, whose son Owen was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy shortly before his first birthday.
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 local Fire Fighters.
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, June 14th at Gibbons Park in London. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.
To take part in the London Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca