VIDEO: Nurse practitioner spearheads Langley’s MS Walk efforts

Long-term care home nurse Kayla Loos has been around MS almost her entire life

Being 25 years-old, a full-time student and a part-time nurse in a long-term care home would be considered a full-plate for anyone. But for Kayla Loos, you can add having two family members currently living with multiple sclerosis (MS) on top of that.

Kayla’s aunt Andrea and younger brother Kory both have relapse-remitting MS.

But it’s not just family members who allow her to get insight into what it’s like living with the degenerative disease.

Loos is a licenced practical nurse and, as such has cared for many individuals living with MS.

This up-close and personal experience with her patients, and observing her aunt’s MS journey, which started after her brother’s diagnosis, led to some serious worry when she then had two family members hit with the diagnosis.

“When Kory had his first flare-up, I left to see him as soon as I could. He couldn’t walk as his left side of his body was paralyzed and was terrified of what was going on,” she recounted.

MS playing such a prominent role in Loos’ young life inspires the Delta woman to take an active role in the community.

She and her mother are both committee chairs for the Langley MS Walk and they spend lots of their time fundraising to pay for everything that goes into making the walk possible.

As a licenced nurse practitioner and young person with two family members living with MS, raising funds for research is of the utmost importance to Loos.

READ MORE: Langley MS Walk is a family affair for many involved

She knows that advancements in research can mean all kinds of benefits for her loved ones and all people living with multiple sclerosis: longer life expectancies, better health conditions, slower disease progression and more independence. Existing advancements in research and improvements to healthcare have already had a positive impact on her brother.

“My brother’s treatments have been working very well [and] I hope that we can find even better options before he gets a relapse,” she said, noting she does it for her late aunt Reg, who lost her battle with MS several years ago, plus for her little brother Kory and her aunt Andrea Alfoldy – both living with the disease.

On Sunday, May 26, in communities across the province, the MS community will come together for the annual MS Walk to fundraise for and help change the lives of Canadians living with MS.

In Langley, hundreds of participants are once again expected to show their support by taking part in the annual walk that starts and ends in Langley City’s Douglas Park.

WHAT: The MS Walk is an event supported by friends, family and the community of British Columbians affected by MS and raises funds to help put an end to multiple sclerosis. Participants can choose from a variety of routes, including a wheelchair accessible route for participants using mobility aids. More information is available online at: www.mswalks.ca

WHEN: May 26, 2019 – Check-in time 9 a.m. and start time 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Douglas Park, 20550 Douglas Cres., Langley

WHY: Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. The funds raised during the annual MS Walk are invested in advancing MS research with new breakthrough discoveries, determining what are the unique causes of MS, and advocating for accessible and low-cost treatments.

Last year’s local effort raised in excess of $33,000 for the cause, with more than 200 walkers participating.

EVENT FACEBOOK PAGE

Just Posted

VIDEO: Rural Langley house saved from quick spreading brush fire

Dry weather helped fuel a blaze believed started by faulty farm equipment

Langley – revving up for the cause

Two local cancer patients receive a bit of financial aid from a recent Langley charity car show

LETTER: Langley City’s MP defends Liberal pipeline purchase

MP John Aldag defends the federal government purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Langley Xtreme win first provincial gold medal

Team takes U16B BC softball championships

In memory of Tessa Beauchamp

Langley Thunder Senior A lacrosse will wear special Tessa-inspired purple jerseys for WLA finale

VIDEO: Langley kids play Hawaii, again

Milestone year for Langley Ukulele Ensemble as they celebrate quarter century performing in Waikiki

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read