About Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada- Toronto Division
For more than 65 years, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Toronto Chapter, has offered services to individuals with MS and their families. MS is an unpredictable and often-disabling disease. With the help of generous donors, the MS Society is able to offer people affected by MS services to effectively manage and cope with the disease.
The proceeds raised through Dolphin Gaming are used for
- purchasing and repairing mobility equipment;
- housekeeping, homemaking;
- support groups; and
- wellness programs for persons affected by multiple sclerosis.
Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians living with the disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15 to 40, younger children and older adults are also diagnosed with the disease. Though many questions remain unanswered, MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and, often, damage. MS symptoms include extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. Its effects can be physical, emotional and financial. Currently there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it.