The Vermilion A&W hosted their 11th Annual Burgers to Beat MS event on August 22, raising funds and awareness for the MS Society.
Area Manager, Joeven Cartujano said that in Vermilion, they know first-hand what a big difference A&W makes to thousands of Canadians whose lives are touched by the disease. He explained that each year the funds raised at A&W restaurants contribute to world-class research which leads to new discoveries, treatments and insight into the causes of MS. He noted that seven locations in the area including Vermilion participated putting their time and effort into this initiative, and as per A&W executive this year they expect the funds raised in 2019 to help their cumulative total since 2009 top $15 million.
“This is a very significant achievement, and one which exemplifies the way all of us can make a difference individually and collectively contribute to a stronger community and a better future.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came and ordered teen burgers; as of 3:45 p.m., we already sold 220 teen burgers and from every teen burger sold, $2 will go to MS and counting. We also had our mini A&W merchandise on sale where all the proceeds will go to support the MS Society,” said Cartujano.
Programs and services coordinator for the Lloydminster Chapter of the MS Society of Canada, Ann-Dee-Nunweiler attended and was happy to report that last year’s attendee Paradise Valley’s Nicole Mauws who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at 16 years old, had taken Lemtrada treatments and is doing very well even though it is hard on the system. She went on to say the Mauws is currently working full-time managing a restaurant in Edmonton.
“Ocrevus is the first drug approved this year for progressive MS, and for many people these medications are taken on a trial basis. There are 77,000 Canadians currently living with MS, and 11 people a day are getting diagnosed,” said Nunweiler.
Overall, everyone enjoyed the opportunity to support MS and gathered throughout the evening to inspect the collection of classic cars that arrived.