15th annual ‘Burgers to Beat MS’ set for Aug. 17 in Canada

Customers can support MS Canada by ordering a Teen Burger from A&W

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by Mary Chapman |

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By ordering a Teen Burger from an A&W in Canada tomorrow, customers can support MS Canada and people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the country with one of the highest rates of the chronic neurodegenerative disease in the world.

As part of the 15th annual “Burgers to Beat MS” campaign, A&W Canada and the nonprofit MS Canada aim to raise awareness about the disease along with $2 million for research to advance treatment and care, improve patients’ wellbeing, and prevent and halt the disease’s progression. About one in every 400 Canadians have MS and some 12 cases are diagnosed every day, on average.

Whether customers dine in, use carryout, or order through the A&W app or a third-party delivery service, A&W Canada will donate $2 to MS Canada for every Teen Burger sold at A&W restaurants nationwide.

From now and through Thursday, patrons can also support the effort by rounding up any purchase’s bill or by making an online donation. Some $9,860 has been raised so far. Since its 2008 inception, the Burgers to Beat MS initiative has brought in more than $19 million.

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This year, TJ Brodie, a Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman, and his wife, Amber, are joining the Burgers to Beat MS campaign. Amber was diagnosed with MS in 2016.

“This Thursday, treat yourself to a tasty Teen Burger and help A&W Canada and MS Canada reach their $2 million fundraising goal to support Canadians living with multiple sclerosis (MS),” A&W Canada stated in a press release.

On its webpage, A&W describes the Teen Burger as a “perfectly seasoned grass-fed beef patty topped with real cheddar cheese, mouth-watering bacon from pork raised without antibiotics, crisp lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles and Teen sauce, served on a freshly toasted sesame seed bun.” The sandwich’s price varies by location.

A&W Canada, which has more than 1,000 restaurants across the country, is encouraging supporters to post about the nationwide campaign on their social media platforms to help raise awareness, tagging @AWCanada and @mscanadaofficial.

MS Canada supports people with MS and their families through a variety of services and information, advocacy, and research funding to explore the causes of multiple sclerosis and find a cure. For more information, or to get involved, call 1-800-268-7582.