Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

April 12, 2013 14:18 ET

Windsor Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

Coming Together to Make Muscles Move

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 12, 2013) - On Sunday, April 28th, Windsor 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 Windsor Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Taking part in the Windsor event will be the 2013 Walk Ambassadors, the Halligan family and Mark Zieba, who understand the importance of this community event. "[The Walk] is fun! It gets you outside to enjoy a beautiful morning with a great gathering of people and it's for [an important] cause," says Mark, who was diagnosed with Limb Girdle muscular dystrophy type 2A when he was in the ninth grade. "We got involved with the walk to help support Muscular Dystrophy Canada and to help raise awareness of the disease," said Tim Halligan, whose son John was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of three.

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, food and refreshments and a prize raffle.

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 Sunday, April 28th at Assumption Park. Participant registration begins at 9:15 am and the walk, wheel and roll will begin at 10:00 am.

To take part in the Windsor Walk for Muscular Dystrophy or for more information, please visit

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