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Scotiabank MS Walk coming to Kamloops

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KAMLOOPS - With Canada having the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, Scotiabank MS Walk organizers are hoping thousands will feel inspired to participate in the annual event happening May 15, 2016, in 19 locations throughout B.C. and the Yukon, with the exception of Prince George which is occurring June 5, 2016.

“The need for donations is immense as we fight to find a cure and advance research efforts. Here in B.C. alone, there are approximately 12,000 people currently living with MS. Whether you are a long time participant or have yet to get involved in our fundraising initiatives, now is the time to join us on the walk where every step matters,” says Rowena Veylan, Senior Director, Development, B.C. and Yukon Division.

All of the walks in each of the communities have different registration and start times.

The following communities are hosting walks: Comox Valley, Cranbrook, Duncan, Fraser Valley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, Nelson, Penticton, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Prince George, Surrey, Trail, TriCities, Vancouver, Victoria and Whitehorse.

By participating in the Scotiabank MS Walk with a team or as an individual, participants collect donations that go towards the following initiatives:

  • Canadian MS research - Research into causes and risk factors, treatments for progressive forms of MS, translational research, scholarships, stem cells, Vitamin D, diet and exercise.
  • Programs and services - A variety of programs and services that help people affected by MS effectively manage and cope with the disease, such as support groups and financial assistance.
  • Advocacy work - Lobbying for more flexible income and employment supports for Canadians affected by MS, caregiver supports, coordinated care, and more investment from our governments in MS research.

Register for one of the walks today and help make the B.C. and Yukon Division of the MS Society of Canada 2016 fundraising goal of over $1M a reality.

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