Thank you very much Madam Speaker.
I’m pleased to proclaim the month of May 2014 as MS Awareness Month on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling neurological disease affecting an estimated 75,000 Canadians and approximately 500 Islanders.
MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance, and mobility.
Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime.
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary widely and may lead to problems with numbness, coordination, vision and speech as well as extreme fatigue and even paralysis.
Unfortunately, there is no cause of or cure for multiple sclerosis.
However, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, which was founded in 1948, does tremendous voluntary work and assists MS research and services for people with MS and their families.
Its mission is to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.
On Prince Edward Island, the PEI Chapter of the MS Society plays an important role in
helping those families affected by the disease.
I want to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the supporters and volunteers here today.
With us in the legislature today are members of the Queens and Kings chapter of the MS Society, including:
Janet and Herb MacPherson, Tom Killorn, Pat Murray, Don Bell and Kathy Pilkington.
Mrs. Pilkington is representing her late husband Dave Pilkington who has been named MS Person of the Year in honour of Dave’s years of service to the cause.
Local volunteers will be out in force at local stores and shopping malls this month selling the traditional carnations, the symbol of hope for those with MS.