A&W Canada has announced that its 14th annual Burgers to Beat MS Day, in partnership with MS Society of Canada, beat its $1.5 million goal by raising over $1.8 million in support of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
On Thursday, August 18, Canadians across the country rallied together by visiting their local A&W restaurant to raise funds for Burgers to Beat MS Day, where A&W Canada donated $2 from every Teen Burger sold to the MS Society of Canada. Over the last 14 years, the Burgers to Beat MS fundraiser has raised more than $19 million and continues to be the single largest annual corporate fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada.
“Burgers to Beat MS Day would not be possible without the dedication of our amazing franchisees and enthusiasm of our loyal guests,” says Susan Senecal, president and CEO, A &W Canada. “We are blown away by this year’s outstanding success and are honoured to continue supporting the incredible work of the MS Society of
Olympic gold medalist and Canadian women’s national soccer team captain, Christine Sinclair, participated in and supported the Burgers to Beat MS
program for the sixth consecutive year. Her mother and childhood soccer coach, Sandra, was diagnosed with MS and lived with it during most of Christine’s childhood.
“My mom was an incredibly strong woman, and she will forever be my inspiration,” says Sinclair. “My involvement supporting the Burgers to Beat MS fundraiser for the last six years has been something I look forward to each year, as I know how crucial raising funds and awareness for MS in Canada is. Thank you, Canada, for showing up and making this year’s campaign another outstanding success–it means a lot to people living with MS and their loved ones, like me.”
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with more than 90,000 Canadians living with this disease. It is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. MS is a complex and unpredictable disease, affecting each person differently. Common symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, (muscle) weakness, impaired sensation, vision loss, mood changes, and cognitive impairment. The cause of MS remains a mystery and while there is currently no cure, researchers are learning more each day about what causes the disease and ways to prevent it. The MS Society of Canada provides programs and services to people with MS and their families, and funds research to ultimately find a cure for this disease.
“The 14th annual Burgers to Beat MS was a resounding success,” says Dr. Pamela Valentine, president and CEO, MS Society of Canada. “The MS Society is grateful for this longstanding partnership with the A&W family, as they have been integral in raising awareness, providing support to people impacted by MS, and helping achieve significant advancements in MS research. With A&W’s support through Burgers to Beat MS, we are one step closer to achieving our vision of a world free of MS.”