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MS Walk hopes to raise over $5.5 million for Multiple Sclerosis research

TORONTO, Ont. – More than 25,000 people across Ontario are set to pound the pavement, with the hope to raise over $5.5 million dollars for Multiple Sclerosis research.

The MS Walk takes place in 58 communities across the province, with 2,500 people expected to participate in Toronto’s walk which kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 22 at Sunnybrook Park.

“Last year we had just over 2,000 participants,” MS Society’s Jody Fiorino told 680News. “We hope lots of people will come out to support a great cause.”

Multiple Sclerosis is the most common neurological disorder in Canada, mainly affecting adults under the age of 40. Three people are diagnosed in this country every day.

Some of the symptoms include numbness, tingling, vision problems, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, loss of mobility and in some cases, paralysis.

Canada also has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. Researchers do not know why, but believe it may have something to do with the environment, as MS rates are higher in northern latitudes.

Fiorino said most of the money raised at this year’s walks will go towards research, with the rest of the proceeds being put into local programs and services for those affected by the disorder.

Other walk locations in and around the GTA include:

  • Brampton
  • Richmond Hill-Thornhill-Aurora
  • Etobicoke
  • Toronto-Sunnybrook
  • Mississauga – Lakeshore
  • Newmarket
  • Woodbridge-Vaughan
  • Scarborough
  • Ajax-Pickering
  • Oshawa-Whitby
  • Mississauga-Streetsville

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