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Charlotte McCarthy is a young Nova Scotian woman, and one of thousands of Canadians living with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). She experienced her first MS symptoms in March of 2009 at the young age of 18, and was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS two months later. To manage her diagnosis, Charlotte relies on disease modifying therapies discovered by the MS research community and has been involved in a number of medical trials for medications. 

Charlotte is now in her late 20s and is hoping to achieve her dream of becoming a mother. Many MS medications are unsafe for expecting mothers or women attempting to conceive, making the decision to become pregnant difficult for young women. Charlotte relies on the MS medical community to continue finding new treatments and improved ways to help young women become new mothers. 

Canada has one of the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians living with the disease. It is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15 to 40, affecting them in the prime of their lives. 

The MS Society provides services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Funds from donations and legacies can help MS Researchers discover innovative ways to help people like Charlotte. 

Since 1948, the core support of the MS Society has been from tens of thousands of dedicated individuals, companies and foundations in communities across Canada looking to help leave their legacy by ending MS. Donor-supported research has led to significant improvements in the techniques used to diagnose MS, and catalyzed the development of 10 disease-modifying therapies. Every day, donor-supported service programs provide people living with MS and their families with the critical help they need. 

Despite much progress, significant questions about the cause and cure for MS remain unanswered, while every day, three more Canadians hear the words “you have multiple sclerosis.” 

We believe in a future free from multiple sclerosis. With your support, we can help generations of Canadians with MS live as freely as possible from the physical, mental and financial challenges that living with the disease presents. 

To learn more about how you can leave your legacy with the MS Society of Canada please contact us by phone, (902)468-8230, email courtney.gilfoy@mssociety.ca or visit our website at mssociety.ca.