Operation Med School Donates $1,229 to the MS Society of Canada
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Operation Med School presents the MS Society of Canada with a cheque for $1,229
(BURNABY, BC) – July 13 – Operation Med School (OMS) presented the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada BC & Yukon Division with a cheque for $1,229 on June 20. OMS donated a portion of the proceeds collected from their Vancouver conference on April 30.
“MS is a common disease in Canada, yet young people do not know much about it. Unless you have a family member or someone close to you who has been diagnosed with MS it’s very hard to know exactly what it is. By partnering with the MS Society, students gained a better understanding of MS.” - Sarah Bains, Co-President of OMS Vancouver and 2nd year student at the University of Saskatchewan.
OMS is a youth-run, not for profit organization located in Vancouver, BC. The organization hosts annual one-day medical conferences for high school students who plan to seek a career in medicine. Founded in 2012 by Ola Lemanowicz, OMS has since expanded to Toronto and Calgary. Every year, the organization chooses a new charity to feature and they donate a portion of the proceeds from the conference to that charity. This year, OMS Vancouver partnered with the MS Society of Canada BC & Yukon Division.
The conference was held at UBC’s Vancouver campus on April 30 and hosted over 180 attendees. The event had several workshops and guest speakers presented by Iridia Medical, The Princeton Review, MS Society of Canada BC & Yukon Division, Doctors of B.C., Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), My Degree Consultants, and Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Workshops included standard CPR procedure, introduction to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and insights to MS research and what life is like for a person living with MS or an allied disease, presented by MS and NMO Ambassador Lelainia Lloyd.
“This year, some students also participated afterwards in the MS Walk.It just goes to show that they are not only willing to learn about it but they were also willing to be engaged in the cause. It’s awesome to see how excited students are and what type of impact we’ve been able to make with youth across the country.” – Ola Lemanowicz, Founder of OMS and 3rd year student at Queens University
OMS hopes to expand their organization across the country and continue to help youth network and discover careers that they would like to pursue in the field of medicine.
For more information about OMS, please visit http://operationmedschool.com/.
About Multiple Sclerosis and the MS Society of Canada
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. For more information about the MS Society of Canada visit www.mssociety.ca
Taryn Lencoe, Coordinator, Leadership Giving
MS Society of Canada BC & Yukon Division