Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable, often disabling neurological disease affecting an estimated 100,000 Canadians.

It is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada, usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40.

Women are more than three times as likely to develop MS as men and multiple sclerosis symptoms vary widely and may lead to problmes with numbness, coordination, vision and speech, as well as extreme fatigue and even paralysis.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada founded in 1948, is the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and programs and services for people living with MS and their families.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada provides approximately $11 million for MS research each year in the fight to end MS, and since its inception in 1948, the MS Society has provided over $140 million of funding for MS research and researchers in Canada.

I would like to take this moment to recognize the dedication and commitment of all supporters and volunteers and declare this month of May to be MS Awareness Month for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Atlantic Division.