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Muscular Dystrophy vs Multiple Sclerosis

If you have one of the many forms of Muscular Dystrophy, chances are good that you’ve been asked about your rare disorder thousands of times. Even worse, is when people assume things without asking. And chances are, even after you’ve clearly explained that you have Muscular Dystrophy, some people will still continue to confuse it with other disorders – especially Multiple Sclerosis. If you’ve experienced this, you know how frustrating it can be.

So next time someone gets it wrong, point them to this quick reference guide. We hope this is will help shed some light on how Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is very different than Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and that even though the two may look similar on the surface, they are vastly different disorders.

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For more information:

Muscular Dystrophy Canada: About Muscular Dystrophy

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada: About MS

ALS Canada Fact Sheet: ALS, MS, and MD

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Top 10 #Walk4MD Fundraising Tips

5017360313_b42ec68f941. Easiest way to get started is to make a list of potential donors. This will help make sure you don’t forget to contact someone.

2. Use the power of social media! Share with your networks, and make sure to use your personal or team donation webpage with #Walk4MD, and other appropriate hashtags to get the attention of those outside of your network. Examples: #charity, #musculardystrophy, #charitywalk, #donate

3. This one is really simple – make sure your personal or team donation page is filled out with at least one photo and a brief description of why you walk and why the #Walk4MD is important to you.  Someone is more likely to donate if your page is filled out and gives them a reason to donate.

4. Have a child in Elementary School? Ask the Principle if they would dress in a fun costume if the students raised a set amount for your Walk!

5. Ask your boss if you can organize a dress down day asking for a $1 or $2 participation donation that goes towards the Walk!

6. Working in a team towards a shared fundraising goal can help! Make your team today!

7. Once you have a team, you can hold an event to raise money. Click here for our Team Fundraising Event Guide.

8. Create a change jar and place it in a high-traffic area at work. Make a little sign and send an email so your coworkers know what the cause is and ask them to please place any change they wish to donate in the jar. Remember, no amount is too small!

9. Raffle off your services as a chef, chauffeur, handy person, or personal shopper to your friends, family and coworkers!

10. Still stuck? Fill out our How to raise $1,000 in 10 days and see if there is anyone you may have missed!

 

For more ideas please visit our Fundraising Toolkit.

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