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Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world

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The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada invites Canadians to take part in a year-end matching gift challenge for which donations to help people with multiple sclerosis will be doubled until Dec. 31, 2013.

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. The 100,000 Canadians who live with MS face a lot of uncertainty, and they rely on research for answers about their disease.

“Our country is known for many things, including incredible nature and natural bounty. We’re known for embracing winter, and playing great hockey. What people may not be aware of is that we are also known as world leaders in MS research,” says Owen Charters, chief development officer at the MS Society. “Canada bears the unfortunate title of having the highest rate of MS worldwide, but this is why we are driven to nurture the best research that focuses on this complex disease. Advances in MS research boost our confidence that we’ll find a cure and better treatments so that people with MS will have a higher quality of life. By participating in our year-end gift challenge, you’re helping transform the hope to end MS into reality.”

Significant research is being done in Canada that will result in better ways to manage MS. A research team led by Dr. Simon Zhornitsky from the University of Calgary is studying the potential of an antipsychotic drug to treat progressive forms of MS. There are currently nine disease-modifying therapies for people with relapsing-remitting MS, while people living with progressive MS do not have any disease-modifying treatment options to manage their disease.

Marie-Claude Park, diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS 16 years ago, believes that donating to research will lead to finding a cure for MS. “Researchers have developed new therapies that can help you cope better and live well with the disease – things that weren’t available years ago when I was diagnosed,” says Marie-Claude. “Research has come a long way. My family and I give what we can because we know it will help improve my quality of life and other Canadians who live with MS.”

The MS Society’s year-end matching gift challenge is a chance for you to increase the value of your donation to help people with MS. A generous supporter will match every gift given to the MS Society through the program, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000. This matching gift is only available until the end of the year.

Here are some tips to help with year-end charitable giving:

Consider your financial situation. Every gift, big or small, makes an impact in funding MS research. Through the year-end matching gift challenge, the value of your $25 donation becomes $50; $50 becomes $100, and so on.

Set aside time before the holidays to make your donation. The deadline for the matching gift challenge is December 31 so avoid the last-minute rush and make your gift ahead of time.

Make your donation online. A confidential and secure electronic tax receipt in PDF format will be sent to you via e-mail within two hours. You can simply print the receipt and include a copy with your income tax return.

Visit mssociety.ca/hope to donate now and help end MS.

Organizations: The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Geographic location: Canada

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