Toronto, ON - On Sunday, April 19, 2009, 49-year-old Toronto mother and marketing executive Sylvia Bauer successfully participated in the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s MS Walk in Toronto, Ontario, despite suffering from debilitating muscle weakness in her leg, thanks to the WalkAide.

“This device has empowered me with increased independence and a renewed sense of freedom. Being able to walk without a cane and relief of the fatigue I once faced has dramatically improved the quality of my life,” said Bauer. “It was wonderful to be able to walk again in this year’s fundraiser, having not been able to for the past two events.”

As team captain of the “Rocker Walkers”, Bauer led her team to 25th in the country in terms of fundraising and was their motivation as they completed the 5K charity walk. Diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, Bauer has experienced a range of symptoms over the past 10 years, including extreme fatigue, balance issues, and lower leg weakness that made walking extremely difficult. Bauer relied on restrictive leg braces and a cane to walk. Now as one of Toronto’s first recipients of the WalkAide, Bauer is walking more naturally, experiencing less fatigue, and is able to travel independently for her career as a marketing director for Fusepoint Managed Services.

According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, an estimated 55,000 - 75,000 Canadians suffer from MS. A high risk country, the prevalence rates in Canada range from one case per 500 people to one in 1,000 across the country.

Click here to watch Sylvia’s story on CTV television in Toronto..

Contact:
Jennifer Bittner, (904)249-4210, jbittner@hanger.com