Society brings services and support

A Day in the Life – Multiple Sclerosis Society Fort McMurray Chapter

By THERESA WELLS, Connect Contributor

After several years of running support groups and social gatherings out of a Fort McMurray satellite office, the MS Society officially opened a full time and permanent office in the community in January, 2014. The development of a local office with a full time staff person was due to the increasing need in the region to have a MS Society representative with the ability to connect on a local level.​

An estimated 100,000 Canadians have multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, it also affects children, some as young as two years old.

An estimated 100,000 Canadians have multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, it also affects children, some as young as two years old. The impact is felt by family, friends and by the community. MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. There is no cure.

According to Cait Evans, Coordinator of Client Services and Development of the Fort McMurray Chapter, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is here to help. No one needs to face MS alone. In communities across Canada MS Society volunteers and staff provide information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families. Researchers funded by the MS Society are working to develop new and better treatments, with the ultimate goal to end MS.

“Locally, we hope to continue to grow our fundraising events such as the MS Walk, as well as one-off or DIY fundraisers. We hope to continue to connect with and support our community by provided needed programs and services.”

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