The fourth edition of the concert "CantEM for Multiple Sclerosis" will bring together five Catalan choirs to raise awareness of this disease and raise funds for multiple sclerosis research at the Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI). The concert will be held next Friday, 14 October, at 9 p.m., in the Aula Magna of the University of Girona (UdG), which has lent the space. Tickets can be purchased at the following link: https://entradium.com/events/cantem-per-l-esclerosis-multiple-concert-solidari-de-corals-girona and also on the same day at the entrance.
The proceeds from the concert will go to the IDIBGI's Neurodegeneration and Neuroinflammation research group, led by Dr. Lluís Ramió i Torrentà, who is also head of the Neurology Service at the Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona and Santa Caterina Hospital in Salt, and assistant lecturer and coordinator of studies for the Degree in Medicine at the UdG. The research group, a benchmark in multiple sclerosis research, works in a multidisciplinary way to increase knowledge of this disease and also to respond to the needs of sufferers and their families.
A still unknown disease
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that can manifest itself in many different ways, and is often not very visible, but can have a great impact on the daily life of those who suffer from it and their family, social and work environment. The cause of multiple sclerosis is currently unknown, and at the moment there is no cure for it either.
This year will be the fourth edition of this choral concert, an initiative promoted by Dr. Ramió and Begoña Matesanz, a person with multiple sclerosis. Research "is the only way to cure the disease," says Matesanz, who adds, "I know that it won't benefit me directly, because research is very slow, but I am now benefiting from everything that other people have discovered before. This gives me a lot of life.
On the other hand, Dr. Lluís Ramió remarks that "research is the engine of knowledge and progress to improve the management and treatment of diseases. Research improves the quality of life of people and society. And he stresses: "the active involvement of people in publicising and visualising the diseases that affect them is very important. It is a very important and necessary task of training and raising awareness in society.
The five choirs
The groups performing at the concert are the Coral Vall d'Aro from Castell-Platja d'Aro, the Cor del Monestir de la Porta Ferrada from Sant Feliu de Guíxols, the Coral Cypsella from Sant Feliu de Guíxols, the Coral Veus de l'Estany de Banyoles, and the Coral Tutti Veus from Cassà de la Selva.