Struck with multiple sclerosis, couple focuses on fundraising

Struck with multiple sclerosis, couple focuses on fundraising

When Erin Norris was pregnant with her third child, she got some difficult news. Doctors told her she had multiple sclerosis, a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord.

That was six years ago, and Dr. Norris, a rheumatologist in Toronto, has been doing fine ever since, along with her daughter, Leah.

Dr. Norris and her husband, Larry Davidson, have been donating to the MS Society of Canada for years and began participating in an annual fundraising event called Muck MS, which involves competitors covering a five-kilometre obstacle course in Hamilton. This year, the couple decided to become more involved. They put together a team of 50 people for the event, which is on Sept. 24, and plan to raise $100,000 in donations.

Mr. Davidson, who runs North American Produce Buyers Ltd. in Toronto, said they have raised $85,000 so far and are confident they’ll meet their goal.

“Hopefully, this money will go to help people with MS and maybe one day help find a cure, too,” he said.

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