When Tyler “Elvis” Wagner started singing “Take Me Home, Precious Lord” before the start of the Fraser Valley MS Walk in Langley City, event organizer April Watson needed a moment to pull yourself together.
“He sang that at my husband’s funeral,” Watson explained.
Greg Hinds was 62 when multiple sclerosis (MS) claimed his life.
“That’s what brought me to the MS Society and the MS Walk,” Watson told the Langley Advance Times.
On Sunday, May 29, Watson oversaw the first in-person fundraising walk for MS in Langley City since the pandemic.
MS Society Ambassador Ruthanne Clements, an Abbotsford resident who was diagnosed in 2018, said a shortage of MS Society staff led to the decision to merge different regional walks in a single event.
“They decided to bring the whole Fraser Valley together,” Clements explained.
“It’s just great to be back in person,” Clements added.
Langley City resident Kelly Clark attended with her team, named ‘KC and the Sunshine Band’, which included her mother Nita, sister Terry and niece Cassidy, as well as Sandy Anderson and her parents Nigel and Leslie.
“I’ve been doing it for 10 years,” said Clark, who was diagnosed in 2012.
“I’m lucky to be able to do the walk.”
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Chilliwack Mitsubishi won the biggest team award, 16.
One of the company’s workers has MS, said general manager Fatmir Shaban.
“Were there to support him,” Shaban said.
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Guest speaker Joanne Craven, an Abbotsford resident, on her 30th walk since her diagnosis, was optimistic about MS research.
“I believe the future will be positive,” Craven told the walkers.
Craven announced that the Fraser Valley event had raised $31,000 on the day of the walk, noting that the campaign was not over.
“We still have four weeks, so that number will go up,” Craven predicted.
Canada has one of the highest MS rates in the world. On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day.
A chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord), MS is considered an episodic disability because the severity and duration of the disease and disability can vary and is often followed by periods of well-being. be.
It can also be progressive.
The MS Society provides information, support and advocacy for 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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