It was a big couple of weekends in Osoyoos for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada — thanks to our community’s local grocers.
Saturday, Osoyoos BuyLow Foods raised $5,260 — including $2,500 donated by the Osoyoos Fire Department — at a barbecue it held in the store parking lot.
That effort followed a similar barbecue held by AG Foods two Saturdays previous where almost $1,400 was raised.
MS is an auto-immune disease of the central nervous system that afflicts a person’s brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. Its effects can be physical, emotional and financial.
Currently there is no cure; Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians living with the disease.