Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

April 17, 2014 10:27 ET

Toronto Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 17, 2014) - On Saturday, May 3rd Toronto will be coming together to make muscles move in an effort to fight against muscular dystrophy. The community will be supporting thousands of children, teens and adults who face the daily challenges of living with a neuromuscular disorder in Canada at the annual Toronto Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

As a participant who returns year after year, Warren Jones gets to see the impact this community event has firsthand. Serving as the 2014 Toronto Walk Ambassador, he truly believes in the power of this event. "By doing the walk, it allows others to see that those affected by a neuromuscular disease can have a full, productive and joyful life," says Warren, who was diagnosed with Becker's muscular dystrophy when he was 18.

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 fun, family-friendly, fully accessible event will include activities for kids and adults, a prize raffle, food, a visit from local Fire Fighters and a chance to meet visit Anthony Farnell, Chief Meteorologist for Global News Toronto.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada receives almost no government funding and relies on community events and the generosity of its donor. Participating in the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy will assist in providing a brighter future for people affected by neuromuscular disorders. Funds raised will make funding for equipment, emotional support, advocacy and education possible. It will also fund therapy treatments and leading research to one day find a cure.

The fun will be taking place on Saturday, May 3rd 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.

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