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Press Release: MRFC to ‘Join Hands’ at Top of CN Tower in ‘World’s Largest Circle Walk’

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The Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada (MRFC) will walk the talk on Saturday, April 18th in support of meningitis awareness and prevention. Press Release (04/13/2015) WATERLOO, ON - Beginning at 11 am - two teams comprised of six Edge walkers each, will join hands around the top of Canada's tallest structure in solidarity with meningitis organizations and events across the globe. Saturday's event is also in support of World Meningitis Day, an annual event held on April 24th to help to raise awareness and understanding of this devastating disease.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians and people around the world to join hands to raise awareness of this devastating disease," says Michael Redfearn, MRFC secretary and Edge Walk event coordinator. "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 family has the right to have that peace of mind."

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.

Even with prompt diagnosis and treatment, approximately 10% of patients die and up to 20% or more sustain permanent damage and disability. What's truly frightening about this disease is that the signs and symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or virus. These include, but are not limited to, fever, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and drowsiness. They can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.

Those surviving meningitis can have their lives devastated as a result of long-term effects, such as deafness, brain damage, learning difficulties, seizures, difficulties with physical activities and when septicemia is involved, loss of limbs. There are effective vaccines now available to protect against many of the bacteria that cause meningitis and septicemia.

For more information on meningitis and how to protect against this deadly disease, visit Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada at and Join Us on Facebook & Twitter

SOURCE: Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada

For further information:

Michael Redfearn
Secretary, Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada
Mobile: 226-989-1835


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