The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias continues…

Whitby to host 4th annual "The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias" on Saturday, September, 22nd , 2012.

WHITBY, ON, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - On September 22nd, the Town of Whitby (Ontario) is set to host the 4th annual The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias at Heydenshore Park. The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias will also be held in: Richmond (BC), Montreal (Quebec), and Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) on or around the same date. Our combined goal is to raise both research funds and create Canadian awareness about Ataxias

Background: Familial ataxias are various genetic illnesses affecting the nervous system. In addition to a variety of symptoms and handicaps, sufferers have difficulty coordinating voluntary movements. These illnesses are progressive and lead to a progressive loss of physical abilities, often until they are completely disabled. Familial ataxias can present themselves at any age and at this time, there is no cure.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky from McMaster University Medical Centre or Dr. Teesta Soman from Toronto Sick Kids Hospital kindly agreed to give a personal interview and answer questions about Ataxias.

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Mark Tarnopolsky M.D. PhD. FRCPC

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine,
Director of Neuromuscular and Neurometabolic Clinic,
McMaster University Medical Center,
1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3Z5,
Office. 1-905-521-2100 (75226)
Fax. 1-905-577-8380
Lab. 1-905-525-9140 (22427)
Clinic. 1-905-521-2100 (77933)

Dr Teesta Soman MBBS, FAAP, MBA

Toronto Sick Kids Hospital

Phone: 416-813-5668
Fax: 416-813-6334
e-mail: teesta.soman@sickkids.ca

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The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias

Ontario

When:   Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Time:    10am - 1pm
Where:   Heydenshore Park, Whitby, Ontario
   

Map to Heydenshore Park

British Columbia

When: Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Time: 10am - 1pm
Where: Garry Point Park, Richmond, BC

Saskatchewan

When: Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Where: Kiwanis Memorial Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Quebec

When: Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
Time: 12pm - 16pm
Where: Borough of Saint-Léonard, Montreal, QB

To learn more about The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias please visit: www.thewalktofightfa.com. To learn more about Familial Ataxias please visit www.lacaf.org.

Image with caption: "On September 22nd, the Town of Whitby (Ontario) is set to host the 4th annual The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias at Heydenshore Park. The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias will also be held in: Richmond (BC), Montreal (Quebec), and Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) on or around the same date. (CNW Group/The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120920_C8253_PHOTO_EN_18175.jpg

SOURCE: The Walk to Fight Familial Ataxias

For further information:

Josh Mills, Phone: 416-356-3245, E-mail: joshua.adam.mills@gmail.com

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