September is Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - September is Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month.
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.
    "Muscular dystrophy and its related disorders mean living with
progressive muscle weakness," says Catherine Sherrard, Muscular Dystrophy
Canada's CEO. "Everything from getting up out of one's chair to walking down
the street is extremely tiring and stressful. Some people spend their life in
a wheelchair, others find it challenging to walk more than a few feet at a
    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.
    "Muscular Dystrophy Canada funds research to better understand these
disorders. Right now, there are very few effective therapies or drugs
available. But we hope this important work will lead to better treatments and
ultimately a cure," says Sherrard.
    Muscular Dystrophy Canada also offers support, provides outreach and
education, and is Canada's best source for information related to
neuromuscular disorders. For more information, or to make a donation visit

    Muscular Dystrophy Canada's mission is to help Canadians with
neuromuscular disorders live a fuller, more active and independent life.
Through research, education and outreach, the organization supports friends,
family and people living with neuromuscular disorders. For more information,

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Berta Mascarenhas, National
Manager, Marketing and Communications, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Tel: (416)
488-0030 ext 158, Email:

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