May is MS Awareness Month!

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The MS community is diverse and comprised of dedicated, resilient, and enthusiastic individuals. From people living with MS, to our volunteers, to researchers, everyone has different stories that connect to each other.

This May, show Canadians affected by MS that they aren’t alone and connect with people across the country united in a vision of a world free of MS.

Whether you participate in a fundraising event, support an organization giving back to MS Canada, sign a petition, volunteer, or simply learn more about MS and MS research, every action impacts the lives of over 90,000 Canadians who live with MS.

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Participate

Shoelaces are being tied, bikes are being tuned up, and participants are fundraising to continue our momentum in funding life-changing research, programs, and resources.

MS Walk

Celebrate the power of community at MS Walk on Sunday, May 28, 2023. With locations across the country, along with a virtual MS Walk, there is an opportunity for everyone. Join a supportive community dedicated to making life better for people with MS.

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Volunteer at an MS Walk near you

MS Bike

Grab your bike and helmet, and start training for an incredible event in support of Canadians affected by MS. Sign up for the challenge of MS Bike. Stay for the reward of giving back to your community. MS Bike offers a stellar event experience, and you will be fully supported from the moment you register.

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May 50k

Run, walk, or roll 50 kilometers in May whilst fundraising for MS research and improving access to treatment in Canada and around the world. Together we will change the future of people affected by MS and leave MS where it belongs: behind us.

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We Challenge MS

Turn your hobby or passion into an extraordinary action, raising funds to support people affected by MS.

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Bloomex (National)

Throughout May, all site-wide transactions will have the option at checkout to donate $2 to MS Canada.

 

Jayman BUILT (Alberta)

Since 2015, Jayman BUILT has been the title sponsor of the Alberta MS Walk and they have raised over $1M for MS Canada through various initiatives. Jayman is proud to return as the title sponsor of the 2023 MS Walk in Alberta.

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Saskatchewan Blue Cross has supported MS Canada since 1997, raising millions of dollars throughout these 26 years through various initiatives. This year, SKBC is returning as the title sponsor of the MS Walk in Saskatchewan.

Little Short Stop (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario)

Since 2013, Little Short Stop stores in the Kitchener-Waterloo area host a Roll-Up-The-Change campaign leading up to MS Walk on Sunday, May 28.


 

Advocate

We are committed to ensuring Canadians living with MS, and their support networks, can participate fully in all aspects of life. We continue to urge all levels of government to remove barriers and improve policies that impact people living with MS.

You can ensure the priorities of the MS community are heard by asking the Canadian government to #TakeActionForMS and creating the positive changes we need.

#TakeActionForMS

Educate

Knowledge is power. Learn more about MS and the progress that is being made to find a cure and improve the quality of life for all people affected by MS.

What is MS?

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system – the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
  • MS interferes with the brain’s signals to the rest of the body.
  • MS is unpredictable and causes different symptoms in different people.
  • Symptoms include numbness and tingling, vision problems, impaired speech, loss of balance/coordination, fatigue, loss of mobility.
  • The cause of MS is still unknown and there is no cure.

How does MS affect Canadians?

  • Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world.
  • Over 90,000 Canadians live with MS.
  • On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day.
  • Women are three times more likely to be diagnosed with MS than men.
  • MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada.
  • 60% of adults diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 and 49 years old.
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Ground-breaking MS research is happening every day

Since 1948, MS Canada has invested over $212 million in MS research. We have made significant progress over the past 75 years in the areas of advancing treatment and care, enhancing well-being, understanding and halting disease progression, and preventing MS.

Did you know: Canada is home to some of the world's leading MS researchers

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Your gift today can help us change the future of MS. Want to make a difference for the MS community all year-round? Consider joining us as a monthly supporter. 

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