By any measure, the first MS Bike fundraiser in Canada since the pandemic was a success.
Beginning and ending at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, the two-day, 100km journey took 94 riders and 16 teams through Langley, Aldergrove and Abbotsford and back on June 18th and 19th to mark the 24th anniversary of the Fraser Valley event.
As of Tuesday, June 21, they had raised $114,000 toward a goal of $125,000 for the MS Society of Canada, with more coming in, likely enough to meet or beat the target.
Fort Langley’s Patricia Wilson was delighted to be back, with husband Gerry.
“Our son was diagnosed 19 years ago with MS. We decided that we needed to do something. We needed to support, we needed to help out, we needed to be here.”
Wilson is captain of the “Easy Riders” team of 14 cyclists who raised the most of any team, breaking their own target of $22,000 and heading for a projected total of nearly $27,000.
“I can proudly say that we’ve raised over $240,000 [over 19 years],” Wilson estimated.
“We have fun doing it but we create awareness and raise money for MS, and it makes us all feel good. Because I always say, everybody knows somebody with MS”
MS Canada spokesperson Nelson Agustin was there to witness the kick off of the first MS Bike event in several years.
“It’s a true testament to the resilience of the MS community,” Agustin commented, adding “it has been quite an emotional experience, to be honest, because we get to see participants again, and the community gets together again.”
Wilson praised the many volunteers who helped make the ride a success.
“They’re fantastic, amazing” Wilson enthused.
MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that can affect vision, memory, balance and mobility.
It is considered an episodic disability meaning that the severity and duration of illness and disability can vary and are often followed by periods of wellness. It can also be progressive.
Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated 90,000 Canadians living with the disease.
On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day, most of them between the ages of 20 and 49.
The MS Society provides information, support and advocacy to people affected by MS, and funds research to find the cause and cure for the disease.
Visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 for more information
More photos from the Langley City event can be viewed online at the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.
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