How Far Will The Meningitis Research Foundation Of Canada Go To Highlight The Disease As Part Of A Global Awareness Day? 356 Metres In The Air!
Canada’s National Voice For Meningitis Walks The Edge of The CN Tower To
Raise Awareness and Funds To Fight This Devastating Disease
TORONTO, April 24, 2013 /CNW/ – The Meningitis Research Foundation of
Canada (MRFC) is excited to walk the talk today in support of World Meningitis Day, a day dedicated to preventing
meningitis globally by ensuring families worldwide have access to early
diagnosis, preventative measures and quick treatment.
As the national group for the meningitis cause in Canada, today’s event
at the CN Tower marks this global event and helps to raise awareness
and understanding of this devastating disease. Starting at 1:00 pm
today, the foundation members, along with supporters, will join hands
to conquer any fear of heights by participating in the EdgeWalk around
the circumference of Canada’s tallest structure.
“This is a very important date in our calendars, where people around the
world join hands to raise awareness of this devastating disease,” says
Michael Redfearn, Coordinator, MRFC. “Meningitis is responsible for so
many unnecessary deaths each year, this disease can be prevented and we
want to ensure Canadians understand the implications, and what they can
do to protect their families – we believe that every Canadian family
has the right to have that peace of mind.”
Later that same day, the Toronto skyline will be lit with blue and
green, the colours of the Meningitis Research Foundation, as the CN
Tower honours global meningitis awareness day.
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain and spinal
cord, which can be the result of infection by bacteria, viruses and
fungi. Bacterial meningitis is the most severe type, and it is a
medical emergency. It can strike quickly, be difficult to diagnose, and
can lead to death in a matter of hours. In addition, a potentially
life-threatening blood poisoning called septicaemia may be associated
with the disease.
After-effects, such as deafness, epilepsy, brain damage, and, with
septicaemia, limb loss, may impact those surviving bacterial meningitis
or septicaemia. Meningitis can affect people of all ages, but infants,
children and adolescents are particularly at risk of infection.
There are effective vaccines now available to protect against many of
the bacteria that cause meningitis and septicaemia. World Meningitis
Day occurs during Immunization Awareness Week, which is dedicated to
highlighting the importance of protection through routine
“Meningitis is very serious and I speak with my patients regularly about
the importance of ensuring not only children, but adults are protected
against this deadly disease,” says Dr. Vivien Brown, family physician
from the University of Toronto. “The reality is that effective
immunizations are available in Canada and protect from serious illness,
such as meningitis.”
For more information on meningitis and how to protect against this
deadly disease, visit Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada at www.meningitis.ca
SOURCE Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada