Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

May 06, 2009 06:00 ET

REMINDER: Sophie Thibault, Spokesperson of MS Awareness Month, is All Too Familiar With the Devastating Effects of this Disease

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 6, 2009) - During the month of May, MS Awareness Month, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division will launch the 33rd edition of the MS Carnation Campaign. This event will take place from May 7 to 10, 2009, the Mother's Day weekend. For the fifth year in a row, Sophie Thibault, anchorperson of TVA 22 heures, has agreed to act as spokesperson of MS Awareness Month in order to make the public more aware of the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis, a neurological disease that affects primarily people aged between 15 and 40 years old.

In 2008, Sophie Thibault was appointed MS Ambassador in recognition of her years of involvement with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Because she grew up with a mother who had this degenerative disease, she has a personal interest in the cause. She therefore encourages people to take thought for everyone who has MS and to make a donation or buy a carnation in May.

The nationwide MS Carnation Campaign, launched in 1976, is the MS Society's oldest fundraising campaign. Throughout Canada, during the three days preceding Mother's Day, thousands of volunteers offer real carnations to the general public in exchange for a donation to the MS Society. Last year, the fundraising campaign raised $538,000 in Quebec alone.

Three times as many women as men have MS. Mother's Day is therefore a perfect time to show support for all the people living with this neurological disease. Each carnation purchased during the event is a symbol of hope for the 13,000 to 18,000 Quebecers with MS and will help us to end the disease. Every day, three Canadians learn that they have MS, and every year approximately 50 children are diagnosed with the disease.

This May, use the power of the flower to end MS!

For more information, visit www.mssociety.ca/qc or call 1-800-268-7582.

www.mssociety.ca/qc

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