BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 25, 2013) - On Saturday, May 11th, Simcoe 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 first annual Simcoe Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
Taking part in the Simcoe Region event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassador, Melanie Mackie, who understands the importance of this community event. "[The Walk] will benefit everyone [affected by] muscular dystrophy. [It will] get the community aware of neuromuscular disorders and how much we need a cure for the kids and people involved," says Melanie, whose son Dylan was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was five.
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 activities for kids, food and refreshments, a prize raffle and a special appearance from our Honorary Chair Mayor Jeff Lehman. Our event media Sponsor, Chay Today @ 93.1FM, will also be in attendance.
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, May 11th at Centennial Park in Barrie. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.
To take part in the Simcoe Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca.