This week WAMS (Women Against MS) was successfully launched in B.C.
It was a networking event held at the Centre for Drug Research & Development at UBC, and was attended by a wide mix of people - the MS Society, people living with MS, MS researchers and specialists, CDRD staff and directors, politicians, and community members.
The one thing bringing us all together - the strong need to increase and support MS research.
Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, and 75% of those people are women.
Thank you to all the dynamic speakers, Karimah Es Sabar, President and CEO, Centre for Drug Research & Development, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Liberal candidate for Vancouver Granville, Dr. Cornelia Laule, WAMS grant recipient and UBC researcher, and Jennifer Sweeney, MS Advocate and MS Society group facilitator.
I was there in my role as MS Society Ambassador to get updates from MS researchers, to spread the mandate of the MS Society, to encourage people to participate in fundraising events, and to speak on behalf of the 100,000 Canadians living with Multiple Sclerosis.
I hope to see many of the people I spoke with come out for the MS Walk in Vancouver on May 24th!
If anyone would like further information about WAMS, or would like to get involved (there will be many upcoming networking events and a gala luncheon in November), visit www.wamsbc.ca
In all - A very worthwhile evening promoting a very important cause.