Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

October 09, 2008 12:41 ET

The Air Canada Classic: More Than $3 Million Raised for Multiple Sclerosis!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2008) - The 14th edition of the Annual Air Canada Classic for Multiple Sclerosis took place on Monday, July 28, at the Summerlea Golf Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The event was a huge success again this year and raised $435,000 for the benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division. Since the first Air Canada Classic in 1995, over $3 million has been raised to help people with MS.

As the photo shows (from left to right), Francois Coupal, Chairman of the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division, Suzanne Arpin, committee member, Dr. Jack Antel, a neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Richard Lemire, retired employee of Air Canada and Paulette Lemire, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO at Groupe Aeroplan inc., also committee members, as well as Alan Butterfield, Vice President, Air Canada Maintenance & Engineering and Honorary Chairman of the tournament, were all delighted with the results.

This annual golf tournament is organized by the airline's employees to help people with multiple sclerosis. Richard Lemire, their retired friend, has MS. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is very grateful for the contribution such a high-profile partner as Air Canada makes to its mission.

Multiple sclerosis is the most widespread neurological disorder among young adults in Canada. Between 55,000 and 75,000 Canadians have MS. The disease mainly strikes between the ages of 15 and 40. Every year in Canada, about 50 children learn they have MS. Its symptoms are unpredictable and their severity varies from one person to another. The symptoms include extreme fatigue, problems with speech, vision and balance, tremors, numbness and sometimes even paralysis. As yet, MS can be neither prevented nor cured.

For more details about MS, please contact the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, at 514-849-7591 or toll-free at 1-800-268-7582, or visit


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