Multiple sclerosis (MS) is life-altering, incurable, and affects more Canadians than any other people in the world.
According to a March 2015 report from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Canada has the highest rate of MS on the planet, two times a greater risk than France, 13 times a greater risk than Argentina, and 27 times a greater risk than Pakistan.
This is what makes this Sunday’s 2016 Langley Scotiabank MS Walk starting at Douglas Park all the more important – to help all those in Langley and across the nation who live with a disease that attacks the central nervous system and causes symptoms such as loss of balance, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, vision impairment, changes in mood and cognition, and impaired mobility.
On May 15, walkers will head south through Langley City, with a short route totalling three kilometres. Those up for more of a challenge can complete the route a second time for a total of six kilometres.
Back at the finish area, also at Douglas Park, walkers can enjoy snacks and refreshments, music, and family-friendly activities.
Check in time is 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Douglas Park, 20550 Douglas Crescent. Participants are able to register for the walk on site.
People using wheelchairs, scooters and strollers can take advantage of the accessible route option.
As of Tuesday, 88 walkers and 12 teams had pre-registered and had raised $14,876 for the cause.
To register or volunteer online for the Langley walk, search “Langley Scotia MS Walk” on the Google search engine and then enter the site.
Every year, more than 40,000 Canadians in more than 160 communities across Canada take part in the walk, and raise vital funds for people living with MS.
In total, walks are taking place in 19 communities across B.C. and the Yukon on May 15.
Create a team of friends, family, and co-workers to fundraise and walk with you! For more information about TeamMS, please contact Maureen Brown at or at 604-602-3243 / 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7243.