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