With Just a Little Magic, Great Things Can Happen…Over 1,400 people, including 135 teams and all sorts of funky costumes, were part of the 2012 MS Walk in Ottawa Sunday. At the end of the day, close to $275,000 was raised in support of multiple sclerosis research, programs and services
Hundreds of people of all ages laced up their sneakers and hit the road yesterday in an annual effort to give the boot to Multiple Sclerosis. The event is the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s largest national fundraising activity and, locally, there were two and a half, five and seven kilometre routes along the Ottawa River Parkway.
Money raised allows the society to continue providing support for the more than 1,500 Ottawa-area people who live with MS. It also funds ground-breaking research with an aim of finding a cure for the chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
MS is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Symptoms range from loss of balance or impaired speech to fatigue, double vision and paralysis.
With $55,000 to go, walk organizers are hoping they will meet their $330,000 fundraising goal, since participants have until May 28th to hand in their pledges.
Sunday's participants included Mayor Jim Watson – who proclaimed it Lace Up For MS Day, the Rideau Valley Roller Girls, the Slaughter Daughters (ranked number one in the 2011 Canadian Roller Derby) and a team from the United States Embassy, which included US Ambassador David Jacobson.
If you weren't able to participate in the walk but you'd still like to help make the fundraising goal a reality, you can click on this link, call 613 728-1583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.