Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

May 02, 2011 09:35 ET

Windsor Native Increases Gift to $2 Million, MS Awareness Month Begins

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2011) - Today, at the start of MS Awareness Month, Windsor native Doug Bergeron and his wife Sandra Bergeron announced that they have doubled their commitment to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada to $2 million. The original donation of $1 million was made in 2000, the largest single gift ever given to the MS Society. Over the last decade, proceeds have targeted leading edge MS research at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, and have underwritten a number of local initiatives at the MS Society, Windsor-Essex Chapter.

Doug Bergeron has been CEO and one of the largest shareholders of VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE:PAY), of San Jose, CA, for the past 10 years. He and Sandra have five children and reside in Atherton, CA.

Bergeron's father, George, lived with MS for 28 years before passing away in 1999. As a former chair of the MS Society's Windsor-Essex chapter, George Bergeron was an inspiration in how to constructively continue a life of leadership and happiness despite difficulties. In 2004, the City of Windsor opened the George Bergeron Healing Garden on the riverfront of the Detroit River in his honour.

The Bergerons' second million-dollar gift will enable continued funding of support services for people touched by MS in the Windsor area.

"Words cannot convey the impact Doug and Sandra have had on our local MS community," says David Bishop, current chair of the Windsor-Essex chapter. "Transportation assistance, respite services, children's programming and a new healing garden are but a few of the ways the chapter has been able to reach deeply into the community thanks to their generosity."

"The Bergerons possess a contagious spirit of giving that has left an indelible mark on the MS world at large," says Yves Savoie, president and chief executive officer of the MS Society. "The legacy of George Bergeron will continue to be felt well beyond the life of this gift. On behalf of the MS Society and all of us touched by this confounding disease, thank you Doug and Sandra, for all that you have done in the quest to end MS."

For more information about MS Awareness Month and supporting the efforts of the MS Society of Canada, please visit www.mssociety.ca.

About multiple sclerosis and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. It is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Please visit www.mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or for more information.

Contact Information

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
    Stewart Wong
    Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations
    416-967-3025
    stewart.wong@mssociety.ca