Muscular Dystrophy Canada Will Receive Strategies to Realize Innovation, Vision and Empowerment (Strive) Awards


September 7th, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, Ontario


Muscular Dystrophy Canada Receives Global Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patient Group Award


TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2018 /CNW/ – Muscular Dystrophy Canada is pleased to announce that it will receive one of the sought-after Strategies to Realize Innovation, Vision and Empowerment (STRIVE) Awards, created by PTC Therapeutics, Inc. to aid nonprofit organizations committed to serving the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community. Today’s announcement coincides with World Duchenne Awareness Day 2018, a global effort to raise worldwide awareness of Duchenne.


“We are thrilled to have won this STRIVE Award, which will help us make a real difference to the lives of people affected by Duchenne,” said Barbara Stead-Coyle, CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. “The grant will help us to run Personal Empowerment Programs which help people with Duchenne to live more independently, be more socially active and involved in the community, and better informed about managing their condition.”

The STRIVE Awards recognize the vital role patient advocacy groups play in improving the lives of individuals affected by DMD, and grants are awarded to facilitate unique, inventive ideas or programs that support patients and families within the Duchenne community.

Award entries were received from 45 organizations from across the world. An independent panel of external experts, knowledgeable in rare diseases, patient advocacy and funding initiatives, judged the entries for innovation, vision, and empowerment. Muscular Dystrophy Canada was one of 8 organizations to receive the Award, with judges commending the “innovative and collaborative” nature of the winning applications.


About Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well-funded research. To learn more about Muscular Dystrophy Canada, please visit or call our toll-free number at 1-866-MUSCLE-8 (1-866-687-2538).

For further information:

Barbara Stead-Coyle,
National CEO, Muscular Dystrophy Canada,
(416) 488-0300, ext. 1101

Sandy Caetano,
Cohn & Wolfe,
(647) 259-3288

Alyssa Acorn,
Cohn & Wolfe,
(647) 259-3304

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