WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 23, 2014) - On Sunday, April 27th Windsor 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 Windsor Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
As participants who return year after year, the Tessier family get to see the impact this community event has firsthand. "Many people mistake Muscular Dystrophy [with other] conditions and the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy educates people and also gets them involved," says Giselle, whose son Parker was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Nathan, Parker's brother, has been working hard to raise awareness and support. He recently organized a Coin Drive with his school, Dr. David Suzuki Public School, and raised $600 in just 5 days. In recognition of his initiative, Nathan received an "Acorn Award" for his bright idea.
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 and more.
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 Sunday, April 27th at Assumption Park in Windsor. 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 www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca.