WEB ONLY: Global dinner party Feb. 28 to raise funds for MS

It’s a party with a purpose and people across the country are busy planning gatherings and party themes in preparation for the MS global dinner party on Feb. 28.

They will be joined by others around the world hosting parties in support of research to end multiple sclerosis.

"From the smallest Cana­dian town to the biggest cities in Europe, people around the world are setting their tables in a simple gesture that will make difference" said Ken Mayhew, chief development officer of the MS Society of  Canada. "It is an inspiration to know that each of us can participate in the worldwide movement to end MS by simply having dinner with close  friends and family."

The get-together can take any form, with the host asking guests to make a donation for MS rather than bringing a gift, wine, or flowers. From a dance hall party in Ontario to an oceanfront luncheon in Van­couver, there diverse and mem­orable gatherings are changing lives.

Money raised from the MS global dinner party has helped fund ground-breaking research. For example, at a recent world­wide conference on multiple sclerosis, MS Society funded researchers Heather Hanwell and Dr. Brenda Banwell gar­ner­ed worldwide media atten­tion for presenting some of the clearest evidence yet of vitamin D insufficiency as a key risk factor in MS. Studies of that nature provide direction for additional treatments and pos­sible cures for multiple scler­osis.

For more information about the MS global dinner party and how to get involved, visit www.msglobaldinnerparty.ca or call 1-866-922-6065.

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. It is the most common neuro­lo­gical disease of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 40, and the unpre­dictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. Every day in Canada three more people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. There is no known cure – yet.

The MS Society of Canada is dedicated to enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life while continuing to be a leader in finding a cure for MS. The MS Society is the highest per capita funder of MS  research in the world. For ques­tions about multiple sclerosis and the work of the MS Society of Canada in the fight to end MS, visit the MS Society at www.mssociety.ca or call toll-free 1-866-922-6065.