Mayor Jeff Mulligan, Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Richard Starke and Vegreville-Wainwright MLA Leon Benoit also made comments during the opening ceremonies, including remarks by Benoit about the legislation he is working on concerning CCSVI treatment.
During his research to understand the treatment – he has no close connections to the disease, he said, but is impressed with the attitudes of those who are affected – he said it’s the unknown parts of multiple sclerosis that really stand out to him.
“How little anybody really knows about what causes MS, or even what the condition is, because it’s so many different things,” he said. “It’s so many different types, and even that hasn’t been clearly defined. So the lack of knowledge has really amazed me, the lack of effective treatment for some stages, but for some stages of MS, there are quite effective treatments.
“But the lack of treatment for certain types of MS was a surprise, and that’s why, for people who have no effective treatment, that’s why getting this treatment for CCSVI is so important.”
This is a disease without an effective treatment, and CCSVI is the most promising lead in decades of misdirected research.