Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

June 05, 2013 14:31 ET

North Bay & Area Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 5, 2013) - On Saturday, June 22nd, North Bay & Area 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 North Bay & Area Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the North Bay & Area event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassador, Peter Bohm, who understands the importance of this community event. As an active person for most of his life, "it is these experiences and memories that led me to become involved with the Walks for MD in North Bay three years ago," says Peter who was diagnosed with both myasthenia gravis and FSH muscular dystrophy.

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, June 22nd at Lee Park in North Bay. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.

To take part in the North Bay & Area Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca.

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