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Saskatchewan Blue Cross® MS Walk Encourages Participants to Move Foward Together to Support the Canadian MS Community

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Saskatchewan Blue Cross celebrates 30 years of MS Society support by hosting the Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk in communities across Saskatchewan on May 29

SASKATOON, SK (May 18, 2022) – The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada and Saskatchewan Blue Cross have partnered to host the 2022 Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk in Saskatchewan this May. On Sunday, May 29, participants will come together across the province to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) and move forward together – their way – towards a world free of MS. To date, MS Walk 2022 participants have raised over $1.6 million in support of the more than 90,000 Canadians who live with MS.

The health and safety of the MS community remains a top priority. In adherence to public health guidelines, there will be several in-person Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk sites across Saskatchewan on May 29 as well as virtual options. Participants who are unable to attend an in-person event are encouraged to take part in the Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk in their own communities, however they choose to do so, throughout the month of May.

“Saskatchewan Blue Cross is honoured to be the title sponsor of the MS Walk in Saskatchewan once again this year. Our organization and employees have supported the MS Society in various capacities for over 30 years, contributing more than $488,000 to date. In that time, we have seen tremendous progress in MS research and the services available to people affected by MS across our province,” says Shelley Vandenberg, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Blue Cross. “We are committed to supporting the health and wellness of people of Saskatchewan and we are pleased to join the MS Society in their work towards finding a cure for MS.”

In-person events for the Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk are scheduled on May 29 for Saskatoon and Regina. The MS Society will also be hosting a live-stream rally on May 29 at 11 a.m. CST to celebrate MS Walk with supporters across the country and recognize MS Awareness Month.

“Whether you are attending your community location or walking in your own backyard, your support ensures that no one living with MS is alone in their journey," says Pamela Valentine, President & CEO, MS Society of Canada. "Funds raised from the MS Walk allow the MS Society to continue to invest in fundamental research and take meaningful action for the one in 400 Canadians who live with MS and their support systems. Together, regardless of how or where you participate, we are moving closer towards a world free of MS."

For more information about the Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk and to find an option available in your preferred location, please visit mswalks.ca.

About multiple sclerosis and the MS Society of Canada

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world. On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed every day. MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). It is considered an episodic disability meaning that the severity and duration of illness and disability can vary and are often followed by periods of wellness. It can also be progressive. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 49 and the unpredictable effects of the disease will last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides information, support and advocacy to people affected by MS, and funds research to find the cause and cure for the disease, bringing us closer to a world free of MS. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 for more information, to get involved, or to support Canadians affected by MS by making a donation.

Join the conversation and connect with the MS community online. Find the MS Society on Twitter, Instagram or like our page on Facebook.

About Saskatchewan Blue Cross

For more than 75 years, Saskatchewan Blue Cross® has been committed to delivering exceptional health and wellness benefits, travel insurance and life insurance solutions to Saskatchewan residents and employers. A locally based, not-for-profit organization, it’s recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers, one of the Top 100 Companies in Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s Top 100 Brands (as part of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross® Plans), and proudly supports the wellbeing of more than 130,000 members. With a mission to empower communities on their journey to whole health and wellness, and a vision for a future of lifelong health and wellbeing for every person in Saskatchewan, this team is committed to advancing and benefiting the communities they call home. Learn more at: sk.bluecross.ca

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CONTACTS:

Leah Thomson – MS Society Media Requests

NATIONAL Public Relations (Western Canada)

Associate

lthomson@national.ca

1 403-689-5324

Cheryl de Villiers – Saskatchewan Blue Cross Media Requests

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Director, Marketing and External Affairs

Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations

media@sk.bluecross.ca

306-667-5245

Sarah Greening

MS Society of Canada

Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations

sarah.greening@mssociety.ca

782-800-9894

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