Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

May 16, 2013 09:49 ET

Ottawa Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 16, 2013) - On Sunday, June 2nd, Ottawa 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 Ottawa Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the Ottawa event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassador, Jenna Keindel, who understands the importance of this community event. "I feel that the walk is a great way to come together every year and to raise awareness and much needed funds. The community members get to meet some of the families Muscular Dystrophy Canada is helping, and the families affected with Muscular Dystrophy can express their gratitude for the community's support," says Jenna, who was diagnosed with Limb Girdle muscular dystrophy when she was 16.

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 is sponsored by Lacombe Waste Services and will include a performance by the RCMP Pipe and Drum band, 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 Sunday, June 2nd at Ottawa City Hall in Ottawa. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.

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

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