“I have a dream. I want to give back the scooter to the MS Society, because I won’t need it anymore. I can walk to the grocery store whenever I want to. I can believe that dream, because the MS Society is the biggest funder of MS research in Canada. Thanks to HealthPartners, I am able to dream.”
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. Of the 100,000 Canadians affected, 80% will become unemployed. In fact, accessing income support and medical care are the greatest barriers to quality of life for those affected by this disease. The estimated lifetime cost of the disease per person is $1.6 million.
THEN: Multiple sclerosis was recognized as a distinct disease in 1868, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that theories about its cause were made.
Enter the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
NOW: Thanks to the Society’s research focus, progress is being made on a number of fronts, including the cause, promising therapies, nerve repair and risk factors. Self-help groups, symptom management and physical activity programs are designated to help people with MS live well.