MS Society of Canada: Support With More Than Money!
1 in every 340 Canadians are diagnosed with MS, or multiple sclerosis: an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. The most common signs and symptoms are fatigue, weakness, numbness, cognitive impairment, and mood changes. The effects of MS vary from person to person — some may have very mild symptoms such as occasional numbness, while others may suffer a permanent loss of mobility early on.
The MS Society of Canada was founded in 1948 to provide support and services to those suffering from multiple sclerosis. They also raise funding for MS cure and prevention research. Communities all across Canada come together once a year for the MS Walk, MS Bike, and MS Golf, as well as I Challenge MS and Women Against MS, raising awareness of the disease and collecting donations to help and support those affected by it. Their website is also a great way to send in a monetary donation at any time of the year.
But did you know that financial donations aren’t the only way you can help?
Those affected by MS often wind up requiring medical equipment such as scooters, wheelchairs, and even hospital beds, as well as many expensive medications. Those that qualify often get government assistance with their medication, but there is frequently no financial support when it comes to medical equipment.
This is where the MS Society becomes an amazing resource! The MS Society of Canada accepts donated medical equipment. If you have a loved one that has passed and you aren't sure what to do with their medical equipment, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call 1-800-361-2985. They will direct you to a medical supply store that will assess the equipment's current condition, and if they can accept it, you will receive a tax-refundable donation receipt equal to the equipment's value!
All of the the fundraising the MS Society does goes into research, so the only way they are able to help with medical equipment is by passing on your kind donations. And at Island Mediquip, we're sure everyone would feel better knowing that all usable equipment is going to someone else in need.