You can break down barriers for Canadians living with a neuromuscular disorder

Thanks to you, our committed, generous donors, 2019 was an incredible year. Because of you, Muscular Dystrophy Canada supported clients through 13,458 calls and interactions, funded $1.1 million in research, and supplied 1,192 pieces of vital equipment for clients.

Help us start the new year off right. Canadians, like Stefanie, need your support.

But we still have so much more to do to break down barriers for Canadians impacted by neuromuscular disorders—and we can’t do it without your continued support.

Canadians are still facing barriers when it comes to being diagnosed early and properly, accessing treatments and at an affordable price, and knowing how to use our healthcare system to get the help they need.

Just a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) client, Stefanie Marinich-Lee, who amazed me with her tenacity and openness to talking about the struggles Canadians living with a neuromuscular disorder are facing every day.

Stefanie was diagnosed with Type 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) when she was 17 months old. As a child, she remembers struggling to walk. How after each fall it was even harder to get back up. Despite the obstacles she faced, she never gave up. Stefanie told me, “My parents always said I could do anything—that my disability did not define me.”

So, at 19 years old, Stefanie left home to study at the University of Waterloo and chased her dreams of becoming a lawyer. As her career took off, and her disorder progressed, she started losing abilities. Simple everyday tasks, that most of us take for granted, became more and more difficult for her. Some were impossible. It shattered her to pieces when she had to step away from her dream career. She felt isolated and battled depression.

Living with a neuromuscular disorder can make you feel isolated and alone. And as
an individual’s disorder progresses, the need for support increases drastically. We are counting on donors, like you. Together, we can continue providing support and services to all Canadians in need. Will you give a gift today?

Stefanie also shared how difficult it is to find healthcare professionals who fully understand her disorder and are able to offer her informed advice and information on treatments. Of course, thanks to generous donors like you, MDC will be able to help Stefanie navigate her healthcare like we do for so many other Canadians impacted.

Stefanie is committed, now more than ever, to keep fighting. As a strong advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities, she wants others with neuromuscular disorders to know they can do anything—no barrier is unbreakable.
But she needs you on her side.

Canadians like Stefanie, pictured with her husband Chris, need your support more than ever. Please consider a gift today

Help us start the new year off right. Canadians, like Stefanie, need your help.

Your gift of  $40, $60, or $100 today will reduce isolation and fear and provide HOPE for a future in which Canadians impacted with a neuromuscular disorder aren’t faced with barriers to a better tomorrow. Are you with us? Give a generous gift today to help us break down those barriers so Canadians impacted can simply, live their best lives.

From our MDC family, to yours, we wish you a wonderful 2020.

Barbara Stead-Coyle
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. More than 60,000 Canadians are living with a neuromuscular disorder. And, as disorders are diagnosed earlier and treatments are helping individuals live longer there is an increased need for support. Please consider giving generously today.

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