Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Canada Safeway

Canada Safeway

August 15, 2012 10:39 ET

Safeway Stores Host Muscular Dystrophy Canada Volunteers & Support Youth

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2012) - As part of its month-long fundraising and awareness campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada, this weekend Safeway stores will be hosting over 500 volunteers in an effort to help "Make Muscles Move". For the fourth consecutive year Canada Safeway continues its commitment to raise much needed funds for research and to provide equipment through the "Safeway Mobility Grants" program.

Jeremy and Kira Dixon, whose two children are affected by a rare form of muscular dystrophy, are Safeway Mobility Grant recipients of a Kidwalk. The device allows six year old Nevan and three year old Ella to stand, move independently and build their strength.

"Before my children were born, I took walking, running and movement for granted. Now, I know that mobility is an amazing gift that changes lives. That may sound like a cliché, but that's the reality for my kids and for all of the children affected by muscular dystrophy," Kira explains. The Dixons, along with other families will be supporting the campaign in their local Safeway stores.

Canada Safeway is also the proud sponsor of Youth in Action (YIA12), a national conference hosted by Muscular Dystrophy Canada bringing together youth with neuromuscular disorders and their families for a weekend of growth, self-reflection and self-discovery. The event will be held August 24 to 26th at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Calgary (1316 33rd Street NE) during Safeway's 2012 Make Muscles Move campaign.

In addition, the Safeway Moving Muscles Scholarship program was established to offer scholarships to young adults aged 17 to 27 living with a neuromuscular disorder in Northern Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to young adults in pursuit of their post secondary education or training.

"Through Safeway's efforts Muscular Dystrophy Canada is able to continue the relentless search for a cure while also making a difference in people's everyday lives. Last year, over $1.2 million was raised by the 224 western Canada Safeway stores and their support is invaluable to people with neuromuscular disorders," said Catherine Sherrard, CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Over $65 million has been raised by Safeway across North America in the past decade to provide assistance for families living with muscular dystrophy.

About Muscular Dystrophy Canada (www.muscle.ca)

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well funded research. Muscular Dystrophy Canada's dedicated volunteers, staff and community partners across the country raise funds to enhance the lives of those affected by over 150 different kinds of neuromuscular disorders.

From coast to coast, Muscular Dystrophy Canada delivers a variety of programs within five key areas of service: Education; Information; Advocacy; Support; and Equipment.

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