Multiple Sclerosis ("MS") is a silent, progressive and unpredictable disease. Even with treatment, MS patients face the daily reality of potentially losing their ability to walk, see properly, or even remember basic information. The symptoms of MS vary widely for every sufferer.
We started the Night to Fight MS to raise funds to support MS initiatives and research that resonated with us in a fun casual way. Each of the event chairs live with MS and have supported national walks and other events in the past, but wanted to be more active in our fight.
The last four years have been an overwhelming success, so we're doing it again! Since 2014, we have showcased an innovative MS research project that has received funding from our event through the MS Society of Canada. This demonstrates how proceeds from the Night to Fight MS help to support world-leading MS research.
This year all event proceeds raised will be supporting a nationwide summit hosted by the MS Society of Canada for young Canadians called MS Can Be. The summit will invite up to 75 young Canadians affected by MS to spend a weekend networking with others from their regions, learning skills, and building capacity so they can be inspired to enact change in their local communities. This is a volunteer driven event led by a committee of young people who want to see a change in the narrative for the next generation of people affected by MS; that MS can be whatever you want it to be.
Past MS researchers that have been featured in the past Night to Fight MS events include;
2018 – The MS clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital is one of the largest of its kind in North America, with a focus on diagnosis and treatment of MS and clinical trials. The clinic is staffed by eight MS neurology specialists, and accommodates over 7,000 patients from the Greater Toronto Area.
2017 – Dr. Karen Davis and her team's on-going research on The Pain Connectome in Multiple Sclerosis. The goal of Dr. Davis’ research is to identify the relationship between the health of specific brain connections and the presence of MS pain and pain-related disabilities. Understanding the abnormalities in these pain networks in the brain will provide insights into the development of new targets for brain stimulation and therapeutic strategies.
2016 – Dr. Shannon Dunn and her team's research on gender and central nervous system autoimmunity. Trying to understand why MS affects 3X more women than men.
2015 – Dr. Mojgan Hodaie (Canada) and her team who are using neuroimaging to map pain in the brain as it relates to patients with MS.
2014 – A U.S. MS stem sell trial completed by the Tisch MS Research Center of New York. Trial looked at stem cell treatment to promote repair and regeneration.
Shane, Jason, and Kim are truly confident that a cure will be found in their lifetime as advances in science occur every day. Until then, they continue to rely on and are grateful for the love and support of friends, family, and our sponsors.