WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 12, 2013) - On Saturday, June 15th, Waterloo 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 annual Waterloo Region Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
Taking part in the Waterloo Region event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassador, Junior Basil, who understands the importance of this community event. "This walk event lets my family meet other families who might share the same experiences as [us], allowing us to develop a support system within the community, letting us know that we are not alone," says Junior, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of 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 a barbecue lunch and snacks sponsored by Lowes Waterloo, activities for kids, 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, June 15th at Waterloo Park in Waterloo. Participant registration begins at 10:00 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 11:00 am.
To take part in the Waterloo Region Walk for
Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca.