Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and vary for everyone. It's estimated that approximately 55,000-75,000 men and women in Canada have the disease, and every day about three more people are diagnosed.
As many of you may know, Patty's daughter Lindsay was diagnosed with MS in the summer of 2007, when she was only 25 years old. I remember participating in an MS readathon when I was in grade 1 or 2 to raise money, however I didn't really understand the disease until it hit a little closer to home. I'm glad that Lindsay is a fighter, but it would be so amazing for her to be able to live without the fear of another episode and to cut down on the medications she is having to take on a daily basis. More recent breakthroughs in research have meant that she's been able to change her medication from needles to pills....much easier on the body! Lindsay is doing quite well, she is still teaching full time and is primarily affected by fatigue as her major symptom.
Proceeds from MS Society fundraising events provide support and services to help those living with this disease, their families and caregivers as well as fund research with three primary goals: to find a cause and cure for MS, repair nervous system damage caused by MS and stop MS attacks. I've registered for the MS Walk because I want to do something for everyone who lives with multiple sclerosis. With your help, together we can make a difference.
Please join me in my efforts to end this disease by making a donation today. Secure online donations can be made by VISA, Master Card, American Express or Diners Club. A non-alterable electronic tax receipt for your donation will be sent to you by e-mail for any donations of $20 or more made online, otherwise a tax receipt will be mailed to your home address.
Thank you in advance for your pledge to create a more hopeful future for those affected by MS.