Mayor Ed Mayne has declared May as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in the city. (PQB News file photo)

Mayor Ed Mayne has declared May as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in the city. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville mayor Ed Mayne proclaims May as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

MS is a chronic neurological disease impacting an estimated one-in-400 Canadians

Parksville mayor Ed Mayne has proclaimed May as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month in the city, in a effort to raise awareness of a disease that affects over 90,000 Canadians.

MS is a chronic neurological disease impacting an estimated one in 400 Canadians and, on average, 12 people are diagnosed every day.

Symptoms vary and may lead to problems with numbness, co-ordination, vision and speech, as well as extreme fatigue and even paralysis. There is no known cure for MS.

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Since 1948, the MS Society of Canada has contributed $140 million towards research. All funds are raised through annual events such as the MS Walk, MS Bike and A & W Canada’s Burgers to Beat MS.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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