MS Global Dinner Party

FEBRUARY 2009 — It?s a party with a purpose and folks across the country are busy planning gatherings and dreaming up party themes in preparation for the MS Global Dinner Party on Saturday, February 28. They?ll 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? says Ken Mayhew, chief development officer, 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, these 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 this nature provide direction for additional treatments and possible cures for multiple sclerosis.

Gather with your friends and families in the fight to end MS. For more information about the MS Global Dinner Party and how to get involved visit or call 1-866-922-6065.

About multiple sclerosis and the MS Society of Canada:

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 15-40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. Every day in Canada 3 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 or call toll-free at 1-866-922-6065.