Shortly after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago, Beth Button realized how good her friends really are.

Those friends, who comprise the Buttons and Beaus team the Ottawa woman put together for the Super Cities Walk for MS, have raised $30,000 in three years.

They came through again yesterday, raising $8,000.


“This group has just been so supportive. It’s become a community thing,” Button said following the walk on the Experimental Farm. “This is what we do.”

More than 1,200 people brought in $325,000 for research and support for people living with MS yesterday.

Most of the participants are linked closely to MS, said Marie Vaillant, chairwoman of the board of governors for the Ottawa chapter of the MS Society.

“In Canada, one in 750 people are diagnosed with MS,” she said. “That’s higher than the rest of the world.”

Vaillant said the cause of MS is unknown, but scientific studies have shown that people can be genetically predisposed to it.

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