More MS news articles for June 2001

Dupuis on verge of realizing football fantasy

June 25, 2001
Sean Fitz-Gerald
National Post

Michel Dupuis, the player cut by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers earlier this month because he has multiple sclerosis, is close to winning a job with the Toronto Argonauts. The 26-year-old, who hasn't exhibited any MS symptoms since he was diagnosed nearly two years ago, made it past the first round of training-camp cuts on the weekend. To reach the CFL-imposed 50-man limit, Toronto released 14 players Saturday, including long-snapper Jim Cooper, who was competing with Dupuis. Dupuis played well in an exhibition loss to Hamilton at SkyDome Friday, his first game since he won the Vanier Cup with the Ottawa Gee-Gees last December. An incurable disease, MS attacks the central nervous system, causing numbness, loss of balance and even paralysis. "Maybe, I'll help someone else who has MS and wants to reach a goal in life," Dupuis said. "I think it's good people know more about the illness."