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Multiple sclerosis research and awareness receive local impetus

Multiple sclerosis research and awareness receive local impetus
Multiple sclerosis research and awareness receive local impetus

A weekend event has raised thousands of dollars for multiple sclerosis (MS) awareness and research through the London Health Sciences Centre Foundation.

“Punch out MS” raised $12,495 and brought attention to a Londoner who suffers from MS himself.

Julia Campbell was diagnosed with a central nervous system disease in early 2023. In order to compete in the boxing event, Julia and many others underwent a rigorous 12-week boot camp to hone their skills before showing them off in the ring.

“Boxing, as a sport, embodies the relentless fight against a formidable opponent,” Campbell said. “Similarly, Punch Out MS symbolizes the fight against the disease, and shows the courage and determination required of those who battle MS every day.”

“Every day I go to work at the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic and I see a number of patients,” said Dr. Juan Racosta, a neurologist and founder of Punch Out MS. “I think seeing their battles in their daily lives has helped me understand why we have to celebrate the victories and there is no better way to do that than by eliminating MS.”

The money raised will go to the London Multiple Sclerosis Clinic of LHSC.