Member Statement October 25, 2018 – Burgers to Beat MS
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. On August 16th the MS Society of Canada held its annual Burgers to Beat MS day at all A&W locations, with $2 from every Teen Burger sold going to the MS Society. Now in its 10th year, Burgers to Beat MS is the largest annual corporate fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada, and together they have raised more than $13 million. This campaign began in Saskatchewan, and because of the support shown by the people of our province, it now takes place across the country, this year raising $1.9 million, the largest total to date. As many know, Canada has one of the highest rates of MS [multiple sclerosis] in the world, and it impacts every community in Saskatchewan. MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults and women, and women are three times more likely to be diagnosed with MS than men. On average, 11 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day. Currently there is no cure. Funds raised at Burgers to Beat MS helps the MS Society of Canada to fund world-class MS research here in the province and elsewhere, programs and services and advocacy efforts that aim to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with and affected by the disease. I had the pleasure of attending the Burgers to Beat MS event in Saskatoon. And I know many of my fellow members bought a Teen Burger and supported this great event in their own communities. Mr. Speaker, I would ask all members in joining me to acknowledge the continued work the MS Society does to find a cure for this disease and to support those living with MS. Thank you.