May has been proclaimed as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in Brandon.
A number of events and activities will be going on throughout Westman to help the fight to end MS. Monies raised will support programs and services for those living with MS, as well as funding world class research such as the MESCAMS stem cell trial taking place in Winnipeg.
Every year people throughout Westman participate in the annual Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries MS Walk. This year will mark the 24th MS Walk which will take place on May 24 at the Victoria Inn. The Walk provides an opportunity for those living with MS, along with their friends and family to come out and support each other in their common goal to end MS. The MS Westman Chapter is hoping to surpass their goal of raising $70,000 in pledges this year. Walkers can register at mswalks.ca.
The following are various activities that have been planned for MS Awareness Month in Brandon:
• Come Sing With Me - MS Walk ambassador Sam Frederiksen is hosting concert fundraiser on May 22 at St. George’s Anglican Church.
• Yoga for Change – Brandon City Yoga will be donating all funds raised during their Yoga for Change classes during the month of May to the MS Society. These classes take place every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the West End Community Centre.
• Curves Twoonie Tuesday – Every Tuesday, non-members can stop by Curves and workout for $2. All funds raised during the month of May will be donated to the MS Society.
• Raise funds at endMS.ca, starting May 14 – Collect donations by doing something fun and out of the ordinary. Participants are invited to break the office dress code by wearing a toque at work, or, belt out a classic round of O’ Canada in a public place. More details at endMS.ca.
• MS Research Reception - Featuring Winnipeg MESCAMS stem cell clinical trial principal investigator Dr. James Marriott. Wednesday May 20, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Viscount Gort in Winnipeg.
• MS Research Town Hall on World MS Day, Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This by-phone and live-streamed event will feature prominent MS researchers, including Dr. Mark Freedman, Dr. Helen Genova and Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie, in conversation with the CBC Radio’s Bob McDonald (Quirks and Quarks).
There are 3,500 Manitobans living with multiple sclerosis, with Canada having the highest rate of MS in the world. MS is a neurological disease that affects the brain and central nervous system, and right now there is no known cause or cure for this disease.
The programs and services arranged by the Westman Chapter for those living with MS in our communities are only possible through local support. The chapter provides support groups in a number of communities in Westman including social groups, fitness classes such as CrossFit, AquaFit and yoga, and education sessions such as the MS Connect Conference being held this fall (Oct. 16).
For more information on any of these events, and how to register for the Walk, please contact Laura Flikweert at 204-571-5670. For information on how to become involved in any of the programs with the MS Society please contact Christine Mayes at 204-571-5671.
Throughout this month, please consider planning your own MS fundraiser or making a donation to the MS Society, and being a part in the fight to end MS.