"At first it was just numbness
around my abdomen, like part of me had gone to sleep"
For one young man, this was the first sign of Multiple Sclerosis.
It's a disease that can cause many symptoms: tremors, fatigue,
loss of balance, impaired vision and speech and paralysis.
For people with MS, life is a day-to-day question. Symptoms
come and go,sometimes mild, often severe. Symptoms can disappear
altogether, a kind of spontaneous recovery that can last days,
months, even years--if you're lucky. More often, it's a matter
of good days and bad days.
Right now, there's no cure. All that can be done is to relieve
some of the symptoms, some of the time.
Multiple Sclerosis affects more people per capita in Saskatchewan
than anywhere else in Canada. No one knows why.
Everyone in Saskatchewan seems to know someone with Multiple
Sclerosis. Over 2,500 people in the province have MS.
They are the real victims, but nearly 20,000 more are affected.
They are family and friends who live with the secondary effects:
loss of income and earning power, increased medical expenses,
lower quality of life, family stress.
MS is on the rise.
It is the most common disease of the central nervous system among
young adults.One out of every 500 Canadians has it. In fact,
Canada has the highest prevalence of MS in the world. And Saskatchewan
has the highest prevalence of MS in Canada.
Most people dream of doing things they've never done. People
with MS dream of doing things they used to do.
MS hits in the prime of life, usually between the ages
of 20 and 40. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
Every new attack causes more damage to the central nervous system...and
more problems with everyday tasks like walking, talking and seeing.
MS is progressive. People with the disease face
a gradual loss of ability and independence. Now there's new
hope that a treatment or a cure can be developed -- at the new
Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Center in Saskatoon.
Everyday, research brings us 24 hours closer to finding
the cause of MS.
The new Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Center is an important
link in Multiple Sclerosis research in Canada.Independent research
at other centers will complement work done here, and vice versa.
This nation-wide partnership of top
scientists is working to solve the puzzle of MS. Exciting
progress has already been made.
Research is closing in on the cause of MS. And scientists
hope they will soon develop an effective treatment--one which
will control the disease and its frightening symptoms.
Researchers say it's only a matter of time...and funding.
100% of every dollar you donate
goes directly to the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Center.
The Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Center has already received
$1.6 million for research technology from the Quest for a Cure
fundraising campaign. These donations have allowed medical scientists
to begin their work.
Continuing fundraising will allow the Cameco MS Neuroscience
Research Center to expand its research program with new scientists,
and new research projects. Every dollar
goes directly to research.
Please join the Quest
for a Cure. Your donations now can help turn hope into