Muscular Dystrophy Canada - Ontario

Muscular Dystrophy Canada - Ontario

April 25, 2012 11:25 ET

Moving Muscles to Help Our Community

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2012) - On Saturday, May 12th Niagara Region will be moving its muscles to make an impact in the fight against muscular dystrophy. The community will be joining together for the annual Niagara Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy to support over 50,000 children, teens and adults who are affected by neuromuscular disorders in Canada.

Leading the Niagara Region event will be this year's Walk Ambassadors, the Smith family, who know first hand how important this community event is to families affected by muscular dystrophy. "This is a great opportunity to get together with others dealing with the same issues and develop new friendships. At the same time it gives the sense of community with the other participants because many of us are going through the same thing." says Angela Smith, whose son Ben was diagnosed with duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of four.

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. The Walk is a fun-filled, fully accessible event the entire family can enjoy, regardless of fitness level. The event will include activities for kids, food and refreshments, a prize raffle, and even a visit from local Fire Fighters.

Proceeds from the event support various programs including funding equipment and support services for individuals and families faced with financial hardships, information and advocacy initiatives that highlight the needs of those living with neuromuscular disorders, and fund research to one day find a cure. All of Muscular Dystrophy Canada's programs are made possible by donations. The organization receives less than one percent in government funding.

Festivities will be taking place on Saturday, May 12th at Lakeside Park in St. Catharines. Participant registration begins at 10:00am and the walk, wheel and roll begins at 11:00am.

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

Contact Information

  • Muscular Dystrophy Canada
    Julia Chernin
    Revenue Development Manager, Ontario / National
    1.866.687.2538 ext.153