The MS Walk is a cause close to my heart, as most who know me are very much aware. It feels crazy to say that my dad has struggled with this disease for 12 years now, but that doesn't make the words any less true. 12 years!! And I am ecstatic to report, that in February of 2018, Health Canada FINALLY approved OCREVUS™ (generic name, ocrelizumab). If you haven't followed treatment options for MS, you may wonder why this is such a wondrous event. While there are numerous treatment options for other forms of MS, this is THE FIRST that has been approved to treat Primary Progressive MS - the form my dad is diagnosed with! (So hopefully he is one of those for whom the medication is effective. It is advertised to slow the progression of symptoms, although not to reverse them).
Its true ladies and gentlemen, all the hard work and dollars collected have made a difference! Thank you to everyone who has supported us and donated to our cause throughout the last decade+. Your contributions mean the world to my family and I.
Now, to keep the momentum moving forward on these treatments, and to hopefully find a way to reverse the damage the disease has caused on the bodies of those with MS, we continue to walk.
As the slogan says, Every Step Matters.
And every dollar matters.
Again, thank you for your years of love, support, and contributions to my family, my dad.
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.