Having a family member with a chronic illness is heartbreaking to watch. It is harder when there is no treatment. Many believe effective treatment is available for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. And for many, it's true. Symptoms can be managed, and some people are even lucky enough to have episodes where they don't have any symptoms. It seems even some have no symptoms at all and the disease has stopped progressing!
For those like my dad, who has had MS for 11 years now, the story is different. He has a rarer form called Primary Progressive that affects only 10-20% of those with the disease. Therefore, most research money tends to go towards the more common forms of the disease. As such, there is NO treatment for my dad. Yes, you heard me, NO treatment. Oh there have been trials of medications, from muscle relaxers to those that help sleep, which (ineffectively) treat the symptoms, but nothing to target the disease or its progression.
Please help us find an effective treatment for people like my dad. Donate, walk, share our page. Anything and everything can help :)
Why we’re walking to end MS
Canada has the highest rate of Multiple Sclerosis in the world. Every day, three more Canadians are diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable illness that affects vision, balance, memory, and mobility. We don’t know what causes MS, and there is no cure. My dad has been suffering from this disease for more than ten years now, and continues to fight. While he fights, our family and friends walk and raise money to support him and others who are surviving.
Can you imagine...
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.
...a future without MS
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.
If you aren't able to participate, please donate to our team today to help us reach our goal. When you make a donation, your funds are invested into research to find the cause and cure for the disease, while providing services to Canadians with multiple sclerosis and their families.