Madam Speaker. I’m pleased to rise today to proclaim the month of May 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 300 people are living with MS in Prince Edward Island.
MS is unpredictable and can effect persons of any age. The symptoms of vary widely…and unfortunately, there is no known cause of, or cure for, MS.
However, the MS Society of Canada, which was founded in 1948, does tremendous voluntary work and provides MS research and services for individuals and their families. The MS Society of Canada has provided more than $127 million for MS research in over 60 years, as well as a wide range of programs and services for people with MS.
On Prince Edward Island, the PEI Chapter of the MS Society plays an important role in helping those families affected by the disease.
Volunteers are at the heart of the MS Scoeity…and today I would like to acknowledge some of the local volunteers here today in the legislature, Tom Killorn, Debbie Wood Salter, Janet MacPherson and Lynne Copethwaite. We would also like to congratulate Shirley Allen of Murray River, the 2013 MS Person of the Year.
The carnation I am wearing today, along with the other members of the legislature, is the official symbol of MS Awareness Month.
Along with the carnation campaign, one of the key fundraisers for MS Awareness Month is the Medavie Blue Cross MS Walk which last year raised $29,300 in Charlottetown. This year the event will take place in Charlottetown on May 26 and everyone is invited to take part.
In closing Madam Speaker, I hereby proclaim the month of May 2013 to be MS Awareness Month for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.