No More Duct Tape Project

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system and alters a person’s ability to operate their body. In different people, different abilities are affected. Most people experience fatigue and some limitation or fluctuation in how their body functions – from limited mobility to limited sight to slurred speech and more.

Wonderful, talented researchers at McMaster have been studying the effect that exercise has on a person’s experience with MS. They have found that exercise leads to significant improvements in fitness, mobility, fatigue symptoms, brain function and cognition, and quality of life among people with MS. They also found that exercise has more impact, and people with MS are more likely to stick with it, if a doctor prescribes it.

This research on physical activity and MS was funded primarily by a $300,000 grant from the MS Society of Canada and makes use of an accessible facility with accessible gym equipment located in the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence on McMaster campus, funded by government grants and private donors.

The people who participated in this McMaster study still attend the gym each week, acting on the insights from the study that exercise improves quality of life with MS. They interact with enthusiastic student volunteers who help with exercise routines, which couldn’t be supported at a private gym. There is now a community of study participants and gym-goers who encourage each other in exercise and in life with MS. This is a beloved corner of McMaster campus and it needs our help!

Two anonymous donors have stepped forward to match gifts to this campaign. They will EACH match any donations up to the goal of $5,000. That means, if you give $50, then $150 will 

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