BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 22, 2014) - On Saturday, June 7th Peel Region will be coming together to make muscles move in an effort to fight against muscular dystrophy. The community will be supporting thousands of children, teens and adults who face the daily challenges of living with a neuromuscular disorder in Canada at the annual Peel Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
As a returning participant, Jessica Dell'Unto gets to see the impact this community event has firsthand. Serving as the 2014 Peel Region Walk Ambassador, she truly believes in the power of this event. "Dealing with the diagnosis was so hard but it hadn't occurred to me how much easier it would be if I could see how many people stood by me," said Jessica, who was diagnosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy in 2011, about the Walk.
Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of over 150 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 to support people affected by neuromuscular disorders to remain healthy, strong and live life to the fullest" describes Stacey Lintern, Muscular Dystrophy Canada Ontario Executive Director. This fun, family-friendly, fully accessible event will include activities for kids and adults, food, refreshments and prize raffle.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada receives almost no government funding and relies on community events and the generosity of its donor. Participating in the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy will assist in providing a brighter future for people affected by neuromuscular disorders. Funds raised will make funding for equipment, emotional support, advocacy and education possible. It will also fund therapy treatments and leading research to one day find a cure.
The fun will be taking place on Saturday, June 7th 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.