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Around Town: May is MS Awareness Month

About 600 people across northern B.C. live with Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect vision, memory, and mobility
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Sherri Mytopher at the Centennial Park stage, which will be lit up in red on May 30 to commemorate MS Awareness Month.

MS Society of Canada member Sherri Mytopher wants to remind the public that May is MS Awareness Month.

The City of Fort St. John made a proclamation on May 1, and will fly a MS Society flag at City Hall all month.

About 600 people across northern B.C. live with Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect vision, memory, and mobility.

MS is the most common neurological disease among young adults, with 60% of adults with MS between 20 and 49 years old. Approximately one in every 400 Canadians live with MS, and 12 Canadians are diagnosed every day.

The MS Society provides programs and services for people living with MS and their families, and funds research to help improve the quality of life for people living with MS and to ultimately find a cure for this disease.

Locally, a dine-out campaign fundraiser is already underway at participating restaurants, with the proceeds going to the society. A drive-in movie fundraiser is also being planned.  

To learn more, follow Peace Region MS Events on Facebook.