Walkers – and some runners – took off from between a line of volunteers with pom poms and noise makers for the Sunday MS Walk in Langley.

Langley walkers trek for loved ones with MS

The annual Langley MS Walk attracted a sizeable crowd.

Jenn Hingston’s team turned out to Sunday’s Langley MS Walk sporting bring orange antennas on their heads.

“We just wanted to make it fun,” said Hingston, who has MS herself.

Their team was one of several groups that lined up just after 10 a.m. and headed off from Langley City’s Douglas Park.

The short three kilometre walk is part of the MS Society’s largest annual fundraiser for research and support for people with multiple sclerosis.

“It started off as just families,” said Hingston’s friend Jen Thomson, who is also supporter her mother who has MS.Jen Thomson and Jenn Hingston.

More friends came on board and Jenn’s Walk Stars took part in the Langley walk for the first time this year.

Heidi Jakop of the MS Society said there are more than 100,000 Canadians with multiple sclerosis.

For unknown reasons, Canadians have a far greater risk of developing MS than people of any other country.

The cause of the disease, which causes attacks the central nervous system, is unknown. MS can cause loss of balance, extreme fatigue, impaired mobility, and vision impairment, among other issues.

The money raised through events like Sunday’s MS Walk – one of 18 taking place on the same day around B.C. and Yukon – will go towards both research into the cause and cure for MS, and into supporting patients and their families.

It was unknown exactly how much had been raised on Sunday morning as numerous people were turning up and dropping off pledges.

However, online pledges for the Langley walk had already topped $15,000 several days before the event.

 

Just Posted

Court tosses Port Moody’s ticket for anti-SOGI rally

A group founded by a Langley woman was fined for a rally in Port Moody in 2018.

VIDEO: Dragon’s Den star headlines Unapologetically Her show in Langley

TV celebrity, author, and renowned entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson speaks truths about powerful women.

Aldergrove Kodiaks drown Whalers 6-3

Aldergrove Junior hockey team secure in PJHL playoffs spot next month

Langley women’s group fundraises by celebrating life of Scottish poet

The Soroptimists of the Langleys are hosting a Robbie Burns Night as a fundraiser for local seniors.

LETTER: Langley/Surrey shortchanged on transit for Vancouver

Funding to get SkyTrain to Langley City could come from not undergrounding Vancouver’s extension.

VIDEO: Langley grocer serves up breakfast to neighbouring school

Willoughby Elementary students and their families could enjoy a free breakfast on Thursday morning.

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Manure company causing ‘toxic’ stink at Abbotsford school seeks permit

Property across from King Traditional Elementary cannot operate manure facility without permit

Vancouver city council endorses free transit for youth

Mayor Kennedy Stewart will write a support letter to TransLink

Most Read