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MS Golf for a Cure
Transcript of MS Golf for a Cure
9th Annual MS Golf For a Cure
Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable,
often disabling disease of the central nervous system
(brain and spinal cord). The disease attacks the protective myelin covering of the central nervous system, causing inflammation and often destroying the myelin in patches.
MS is diagnosed most often between 15-40 years of age (average age of diagnosis being 28)
Children and older adults can develop MS, but it is less common
Diagnosis ratio is 3 females to 1 male
MS is twice as common in women than men
Men are more likely to have a progressive
form from the onset and are often more
severely affected than women
What is Multiple
MS in Canada
Multiple Sclerosis in Canada is very common, affecting over 75,000 Canadians. Three more people are being diagnosed daily in Canada with Multiple Sclerosis.
More prevalent in countries with temperate climate
Geographic risk may be associated with place of residence during first 15 years of life
There is considerable variation in prevalence even in one area
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS
Highest prevalence in Caucasians
Low prevalence in countries in the southern hemisphere
Low prevalence ethnic groups show the same geographic gradients as high prevalence groups
Nature of the Disease
MS is usually diagnosed when young adults
are starting careers and families
MS affects everyone differently, at different times and in different ways
MS is the most common neurological disease
affecting young adults in Canada
Types of MS
Clearly defined attacks (exacerbations) followed by complete or partial recovery
Most common form of disease
About half of the people with relapsing-remitting MS worsen within 10 years of diagnosis, possibility of increasing levels of disability
Types of MS
People diagnosed with this type have nearly continuous worsening of their MS from the beginning with no clear relapses or remissions
Few attacks (exacerbations) with long periods of remission and little disability after 15 years
Double or blurred vision
Loss of balance
Bladder and bowel problems
Short-term memory problems
Partial or complete paralysis
Six medications have been approved for use in Canada: Betaseron, Rebif, Avonex, Copaxone, Tysabri, Gilenya
These decrease the frequency and severity of MS attacks
They reduce the number of MS lesions in the brain and slow the progression of disability
Is There a Cure?
Not yet - however, progress has been made in understanding the disease, treating the symptoms and modifying the course of the disease!
MS Society of Canada
To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.
Serving the communities of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills since 1966.
We serve approximately 500 Halton residents annually that are living with MS.
The Halton Chapter has contributed over
$1,000,000 to MS research.
The MS Society of Canada annually funds MS Clinics throughout Ontario including:
Toronto – London
Ottawa - Hamilton
Kingston – Thunder Bay
Sick Kid’s - Pediatrics MS Clinic
Sunnybrook - Elkie Adler MS Clinic
Information and Referral Services
Support and Self-help Groups
Social and Recreational Programs
Financial Assistance for the Purchase of Equipment & Services
Education - Product & Service Fairs
Loan of Mobility & Assistive Devices
For more information about the MS Society of Canada and the Halton Regional Chapter, visit us online.
The MS Society, Halton Regional
Chapter would like to thank our
Sponsors for supporting the 9th Annual
MS “Golf For A Cure” Tournament!
Together we will
Patti & Peter
Annual Golf Tournament
Cupcakes & Cookies for a Cure
Red and White Pajama Party
3rd Party Initiatives
Provided funding assistance to 85 people and assisted in the purchased of in excess of $145,000 worth of mobility products and assistive devices
Provided funding for 42 people through our Special Assistance Program
Loaned equipment including walkers, wheelchairs and lifts to 60 people for a savings of approximately $110,000.00
Halton Regional Chapter
Save the date!
Next years' MS Golf for a Cure
Wednesday, June 18th