Bat­tle against MS con­tin­ues

Car­na­tion cam­paign to kick off soon

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay/ New Waterford & Area - BY GREG MCNEIL gm­c­neil@cb­

It’s been four years since Carl Ma­cLeod lost his wife Shirley to mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

She still, how­ever, re­mains his main source of mo­ti­va­tion as he con­tin­ues to cam­paign for aware­ness and a cure for MS.

“I’ve been do­ing ev­ery­thing I could to help ev­ery­body that has MS,” said Ma­cLeod. “She was my in­spi­ra­tion. Now that she is gone she is still my de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

The now 81-year-old Ma­cLeod first be­came in­volved with the MS So­ci­ety when his wife was di­ag­nosed in 1992. He’s con­tin­ued to be an ac­tive vol­un­teer since then.

The lat­est as­pect of his work is the an­nual MS car­na­tion cam­paign, which is the MS So­ci­ety of Canada’s long­est run­ning fundraiser.

Since its in­cep­tion in 1975, more than $45 mil­lion has been raised through the car­na­tion cam­paign for ser­vices and re­search.

Its big­gest lo­cal fundraiser will take place May 11 to 13 from 10 a.m. un­til 9 p.m. in two Mayflower Mall lo­ca­tions and at Law­ton’s Phar­macy in New Water­ford those same days

from 10 a.m. un­til 8 p.m.

A large bou­quet called the “vivid spring bou­quet” is $12, a small bou­quet is $7 and a pot­ted car­na­tion plant is $10. Sin­gle stem car­na­tions will also be avail­able.

Ma­cLeod is also tak­ing ad­vance or­ders for pickup be­tween now and those dates.

He’s pleased that all pro­ceeds from the cam­paign con­tinue to go to­ward re­search and ser­vices for peo­ple that have MS.

“Re­search is very im­por­tant and the MS So­ci­ety has an aw­ful lot of money com­mit­ted to re­search,” he said. “When my wife was di­ag­nosed with MS all that was avail­able to treat it were steroids. There are many ad­vance­ments now to treat it.”

In terms of ser­vices, he said that can cover a va­ri­ety of things de­signed to en­hance the lives of those with MS in the com­mu­nity.

Be­sides the car­na­tion cam­paign, the month of May will be a busy one for Ma­cLeod and oth­ers rais­ing money and aware­ness for MS.

On Mon­day, he was in Syd­ney at city hall to raise the MS aware­ness flag.

Later this month, the an­nual MS Walk will take place on May 28 at the Vic­to­ria Park Ar­mouries in Syd­ney. Check-in is at 1 p.m. fol­lowed by the walk at 2 p.m.

For more information on the car­na­tion cam­paign, con­tact Ma­cLeod at 902-862-6356.

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