Muscular Dystrophy Canada



Muscular Dystrophy Canada

April 25, 2013 09:14 ET

Niagara Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 25, 2013) - On Saturday, May 11th, Niagara 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 Niagara Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the Niagara Region event for their third year will be the 2013 Walk Ambassadors, the Mino family, who understand the importance of this community event. "We participate to raise awareness and acceptance of this cause. The walk also gives everyone a chance to get together to meet other families and friends who are dealing with neuromuscular disorders," says Brian Mino, whose son Christopher was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 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. 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 Saturday, May 11th at Lakeside Park in St. Catharines. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.

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

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