NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2012) - On Saturday, June 23rd North Bay & Area will be moving its muscles to make an impact in the fight against muscular dystrophy. The community will be joining together for the annual North Bay & Area Walk for Muscular Dystrophy to support over 50,000 children, teens and adults who are affected by neuromuscular disorders in Canada.
Leading the North Bay & Area event will be this year's Walk Ambassador, Cristina Makitalo, who knows first hand how important this community event is to families affected by muscular dystrophy. "I believe the best way to a cure is [through] awareness. The more people are aware, the closer we get to understanding, better treatments and even a cure!" says Cristina, whose nephews, Mathieu and Malaky, were both diagnosed with duchenne 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. 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, and a prize raffle.
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, June 23rd at Lee Park in North Bay. Participant registration begins at 10:00am and the walk, wheel and roll begins at 11:00am.
To take part in the North Bay & Area Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit www.muscle.ca/walk.