Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

June 05, 2013 14:33 ET

Peel Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Only 3 days away! Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 5, 2013) - On Saturday, June 8th, Peel 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 Peel Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the Peel Region event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassador, Annette Sultana, who understands the importance of this community event. "I think it's important for people to understand how devastating neuromuscular disorders can be, but they also need to see that they have the power to make all the difference in the world by supporting the Walk," says Annette, who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at the age of seven.

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 a visit by Alan Carter, Global Toronto's Queen's Park Bureau Chief, activities for kids, food and refreshments a silent auction, a prize raffle and a visit from local Fire Fighters.

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 8th at Chinguacousy Park in Brampton. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.

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

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