Fundraiser for CCSVI to take place in Toronto


– An evening of great wine, tantalizing food and stories of hope at the Taste to Liberate in support of Multiple Sclerosis and CCSVI research and treatment is scheduled to take place in Toronto next week.

The event, a five course meal with wine pairings, on Monday September 20th, at Tappo Wine Bar and Restaurant in Toronto’s historic distillery district is expected to raise funds and awareness for this so-called controversial treatment.

CCSVI, or Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency, is a condition characterized by the narrowing of the veins that drain the blood from the brain and chest and appears to have a strong correlation with Multiple Sclerosis.

“Although we recognize that the CCSVI Liberation Procedure is not a cure to MS, the anecdotal evidence is substantial and the preliminary research done internationally certainly warrants more investigation into the correlation between MS & CCSVI” reported Helen K. Cosburn, Event Chairman. “While the Canadian government may not be ready to offer CCSVI treatment to MS patients, there is certainly a need for further investigation.  At The Brian K. McWilliams Foundation we hope that the funds we raise at our upcoming event can in some small way contribute to this research and help Canadians get the answers and treatment they need.”

Half of the funds raised from the evening will go to support much needed research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, a leader in CCSVI research in Canada.

“St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton believes in the value of continued research and investment to rigorously test Dr. Paolo Zamboni’s theory into CCSVI,” says Dr. Ian Rodger, VP of Research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and Principal Investigator of the CCSVI study being conducted at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. “We have an obligation and responsibility to MS patients to complete expeditiously our critical examination of the CCSVI hypothesis. We are one of several important global research studies that have a remarkable opportunity to expand the focus of MS research and in doing so improve the quality of life for MS patients around the world.”

The Foundation recognizes that despite efforts to support research here in Canada, this will not help those MS patients who want access to this treatment now, and do not have time to wait.  This inspired a split in the funding raised at the event. While, half of the money raised will go to support  research, the other half has been allocated to support two patients in their journey towards liberation. “Together the two ways of giving allow us to make a big difference for individuals now, as well as making a small contribution towards big change in the future” reported founder Brian K. McWilliams.

For more details on the event as well as to purchase tickets, visit The Brian K. McWilliams Foundation online at www.briankmcwilliamsfoundation.com.


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The Brian K. McWilliams Foundation is Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the health, wellness, and education of individuals and families around the world. The Foundation works with a selection of registered charities that champion these causes.