/R E P E A T -- 44th Annual Jerry Lewis Labour Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy Canada/

    September is Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Muscular Dystrophy Canada is hosting the 44th
Annual Jerry Lewis Labour Day Telethon to support those living with a
neuromuscular disorder.
    Muscular Dystrophy volunteers in Ontario and Montreal will be on standby
to receive calls from Sunday, September 6, at 9pm EST to Monday, September 7,
at 6:30 pm EST.
    Funds raised will support Muscular Dystrophy Canada's mission of helping
Canadians with neuromuscular disorders live a fuller, more active and
independent life. Through research, education and outreach, the non-profit
organization supports friends, family and people living with neuromuscular
    There are more than 100 neuromuscular disorders and it is estimated more
than 50,000 Canadians are affected by one form or another. Each form is caused
by an error in a specific gene related to muscle function. The symptoms of a
neuromuscular disease vary according to the condition and may be mild,
moderate or life-threatening. For some the disorder is fatal at a young age.
For others it means a lifetime of muscle fatigue and greater dependence on
others. It takes more than one person to provide care and assistance. No
matter what the severity, entire families are affected.
    Once again, Manulife Financial Corporation is returning as a sponsor. For
the 9th year Manulife will provide one of their Toronto call centres as our
national pledge centre.

    To make a pledge, please call:

    Ontario counties of Leeds and Grenville............1-877-424-4010
    Windsor and Southwestern Ontario...................1-519-256-7474
    Greater Toronto....................................1-800-567-2873
    Montreal (Labour Day Only).........................1-514-393-3522
    Quebec (outside of Montreal).......................1-800-567-2236

    This year's telethon will be broadcast live on several U.S. networks that
can be accessed in Canada via satellite or digital cable. Check local TV
listings for the channel in your area.
    Please help us Make Muscles Move, your pledge is so important in the
fight against neuromuscular disorders. For more information about
neuromuscular disorders or Muscular Dystrophy Canada, visit us at

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview contact Berta
Mascarenhas, National Marketing & Communications Manager, by telephone at
(416) 488-0030 ext. 158 or by e-mail at berta.mascarenhas@muscle.ca

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