TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 18, 2013) - On Saturday, May 4th Toronto 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 annual Toronto Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
Taking part in the Toronto event for their fourth year will be the 2013 Walk Ambassadors, the McCain family, who understand the importance of this community event. "Anyone coming out to the Walk for the first time should know that everyone, and I mean everyone, is there because they believe they can help make a difference and truly want to connect with others to offer them their complete and unconditional love and support," says Mark McCain, whose son Darcy was diagnosed with duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of four.
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 including a performance by musical duo Sonshine and Broccoli with equipment sponsored by Bounce Entertainment, food and refreshments, a prize raffle and a visit from local Fire Fighters.
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 4th at Cherry Beach Park. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.
To take part in the Toronto Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca.