Saskatoon, May 16, 2023 – The Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk is set to take place on May 28 in locations across Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Blue Cross, is a leading health and wellness provider in the province and joins MS Canada in celebrating the power of community, walking to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) one step at a time.
The MS Walk is an annual event where thousands of Canadians across 45 communities coast to coast take part in a walk to raise awareness and crucial funds for MS research, support, and advocacy. This year, Saskatchewan Blue Cross lends its support, bringing people from all walks of life together in the fight against MS.
“We are proud to join MS Canada in this vibrant demonstration of community and resiliency,” said Kelly Wilson, Interim President and CEO at Saskatchewan Blue Cross Saskatchewan. “Through collective action, we aim to raise awareness about MS and provide crucial support to those affected by this condition.”
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurological disease that affects over 90,000 Canadians. The MS Walk serves as a platform to celebrate the community that supports people living with MS, as well as their loved ones. It raises funds to provide programs and services, as well as vital research that advances treatment and care, promotes well-being, and ultimately the prevention of MS.
“We are honoured to witness Saskatchewan Blue Cross’s dedication in bringing MS awareness to the forefront of our community, ” said Mona Bates, Senior Director, Community, at MS Canada “Together, we can make a difference in the lives of people living with MS and work towards a future free of MS.”
For more information about the MS Walk and to find a walk closest to you, as well as learn about our available virtual MS Walk options, please visit: MS Walk Locations
About MS Canada
MS Canada fosters meaningful connections both within the MS community, and between the MS community and research, programs, resources, and services. As of 2023, MS Canada amalgamates two previously known entities, the MS Society of Canada and the MS Scientific Research Foundation, continuing its work toward the same vision of a world free of multiple sclerosis. The MS community is at the centre of MS Canada. For 75 years we have been relentless in our fight, continuously funding research to expand the current MS knowledge base. We also advocate for people living with MS, asking the government to remove barriers and improve policies that impact their everyday lives.
For more information visit mscanada.ca
About multiple sclerosis (MS)
Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world. On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed every day. MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 49. It is considered an episodic disability meaning that the severity and duration of episodes of illness and disability can vary, often followed by periods of wellness. It can also be progressive.
About Saskatchewan Blue Cross
For more than 75 years, Saskatchewan Blue Cross® has been committed to delivering exceptional health and wellness benefits, travel insurance and life insurance solutions to Saskatchewan residents and employers. A locally based, not-for-profit organization, it’s recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers, one of the Top 100 Companies in Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s Top 100 Brands (as part of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross® Plans), and proudly supports the wellbeing of more than 200,000 members. With a mission to empower communities on their journey to whole health and wellness, and a vision for a future of lifelong health and wellbeing for every person in Saskatchewan, this team is committed to advancing and benefiting the communities they call home. Learn more at: sk.bluecross.ca.
Cheryl de Villiers
Director, Marketing & External Affairs