Flag raising to kick off MS Awareness Month

By Lloydminster Source staff

April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

FLAPJACKS AND FUNDRAISING Integra Engineering employees hosted a fundraising pancake breakfast at their office on Wednesday morning to put together a team for the MS Walk on May 6. From left to right are Sherrie Stephens, Kasey Irwin and Jackie Divito. Volunteers from Balon Valves did the cooking. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

MS Society calls on the community to give hope to people affected by MS by joining the Lloydminster Jayman BUILT MS Walk

On May 6, hundreds of Lloydminster and area residents will come together for the Lloydminster Jayman BUILT MS Walk to demonstrate their power in helping to change the lives of local families, and people across the country, affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).
Taking place at Bud Miller Park, the MS Walk offers individuals and teams a chance to celebrate hope and join the fight against MS, while raising crucial funds for the cause.
The event is the MS Society’s major annual fundraiser, and with just over a week to go, the local chapter is calling on the community to join the fight by registering and fundraising.
“We’re asking Lloydminster residents to show their enduring support in the fight against MS by registering and joining us at the MS Walk next weekend,” said Patty Milnthorp, Lloydminster chapter manager.
“The Walk is our annual opportunity to demonstrate to people living with MS that they are not alone. Even if every new participant made a small contribution, it would make a big difference in the success of our event and our capacity to help improve quality of life for people with MS who need and deserve our support.”
The MS Society is dedicated to funding research and services that empower Canadians affected by MS.
Money raised through the MS Walk will help fund local programs and services to help people effectively manage and cope with MS, and will also fuel Canadian MS research into causes, improved treatments and a cure.
Opening ceremonies will take place inside the Lakeland College Gymnasium beginning at 8:50 a.m., with words of welcome from local dignitaries and a local MS ambassador, who will share her personal story.
There will be two official Walk send-offs, with the 10-km walkers setting off at 9:40 a.m., followed by the 1-km and 5-km walkers at 10 a.m.
The MS Society will also be kicking-off MS Awareness Month next week with an official MS flag raising at city hall on May 1 at 11:30 a,m.
Lloydminster chapter staff and MS Society volunteers will join Mayor Gerald Aalbers for the raising of the MS Society flag, which will be followed immediately by a special MS Awareness Month Proclamation signing at the flag raising area, where the mayor and city councilors will recognize the important role played by our community in the fight against MS.
There will also be a barbeque on site, hosted by Wellfirst, with all proceeds going to the MS Society. 
Registration for the Lloydminster MS Walk can be done online at mswalks.ca, or by visiting or calling the Lloydminster chapter office at 780-871-0513.
The deadline for registration is May 5 at noon, but unregistered participants can also join the day of.
In 2016, the Lloydminster Jayman BUILT MS Walk raised $120,000; this year, organizers believe with the support of the community, it can reach significantly higher heights.

About multiple sclerosis and the MS Walk
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world.
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve.
It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults in Canada.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives.
To date, the cause is unknown and there is no cure.
The MS Walk is a family-oriented, community-supported event involving over 35,000 participants and volunteers in more than 140 communities across Canada.
Each event location has routes of varying length and at least one route that is wheelchair accessible.
For more information about the MS Walk visit mswalks.ca.

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