The 2017 MS Walk: 3,000 Walkers United to End MS!

MONTREAL, May 29, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada organized the 23rd MS Walk, presented by Sanofi Genzyme. This year again, the event was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of all the participants and donors. Since it was launched, the MS Walk has raised more than $18,000,000. This money makes a big contribution to funding research on multiple sclerosis (MS) and services for Quebecers affected by this disease.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada's flagship event
The MS Walk is one of the largest fundraising events organized by the MS Society's Quebec Division. This joyful event is held in 16 towns and cities across Quebec; this year it welcomed over 3,000 people, who mobilized to show their support for the 20,000 families in the province affected by MS. "The MS Walk is one of the MS Society's most unifying events. Year after year, it's so inspiring to see all those people walking with a single goal: to end MS!" explained Louis Adam, Executive Director of the Quebec Division of the MS Society.

Debbie Lynch-White, a fantastic spokesperson
Back for her fourth consecutive year as provincial spokesperson for the event, actor Debbie Lynch-White joined participants in the Montreal MS Walk. "My dad lived with MS for more than ten years. In the beginning, it was because of him that I chose to get involved with the MS Society and take part in the MS Walk. Four years later, I'm walking in his memory and for all the people who live with MS. I'm convinced that the efforts invested in research today will lead us to a future without MS, and that's the hope that motivates me!"

Loyal partners
The MS Society would like to thank its generous provincial partners, without whom the event could not have been so successful: Sanofi Genzyme and Adrien Gagnon.

The event's success is closely linked to the involvement of participants and volunteers, as well as the support of its partners. "The MS Walk wouldn't be what it is if we couldn't count on the indispensable support of our valued partners, such as Sanofi Genzyme, presenting partner of the event," pointed out Louis Adam.

About multiple sclerosis (MS)
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling, disease affecting the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is one of the most widespread neurological diseases affecting young adults in Canada. It is most often diagnosed in people 15 to 40 years old, who will live with its unpredictable effects for the rest of their lives. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada provides services for people with MS and their families and supports research with the aim of discovering the cause of this disease and a cure. For more information or to make a donation, visit mssociety.ca.

 

SOURCE Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

For further information: Source: Sophie Caron, Communications Coordinator, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division, Tel.: 514 849-7591, ext. 2245, Cell: 514-402-7140, sophie.caron@mssociety.ca; https://mssociety.ca/ ; https://www.facebook.com/SocieteSPCanada

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