Langley is the starting point, and focal point, of the MS Bike Fraser Valley fundraiser happening this Saturday and Sunday (July 15 and 16).
Over the two days, cyclists from across B.C. will come together for ‘MS Bike,’ to demonstrate their power in helping to change the lives of Canadians living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The ride starts Saturday and Sunday morning at the Coast Hotel, 20393 Fraser Hwy, with routes through wineries and other points of interest in the countryside of Langley. Check in time is 7 a.m. with the ride getting underway at 9 a.m., both days.
‘MS Bike’ is the largest fundraising cycling series in North America, with four tours in B.C. starting with this weekend’s MS Bike Fraser Valley Experience.
According to the MS Society of Canada, this is more than a bike ride: Riders will have the option to make a total of 10 stops at wineries, breweries, and even an organic farm — all in Langley.
Every year since 1989, cyclists of all ages and fitness levels across the country get together to end what’s been dubbed ‘Canada’s disease’: multiple sclerosis.
Teams include the A&W corporate team, Easy Riders (in their 14th year), and rookie rider Karen Daniels from JRFM whose mother lived with MS, just to name a few.
The two-day community-supported event raises funds in support MS research with a goal of ending MS.
Meals are included and cyclists have the option to stop for tastings at 10 world-class local wineries, popular breweries, and local farms for tastings along the way. There is also a chance to win a bike from Norco.
Why ride? Canada has the highest rate of MS than anywhere else in the world. Funds raised from ‘MS Bike’ support innovative research into the cause, treatment and cure of MS as well as valuable services, programs and advocacy for Canadians affected by MS.
Since their first ride 14 years ago, thanks to their team of family and friends, Easy Riders has raised $117,000 for the MS Society’s search for a cure. This year the 11 current team members have raised more than $9,000, as of June 26.
Easy Rider member and Langley resident Tim Baillee shares a far too common story.
His mother Rosalie was diagnosed about 33 years ago, a friend was diagnosed years later, and then his teammate Pat Wilson’s son was diagnosed at the age of 25.
“I know too many people that have been directly involved, and I have learned that doing this is the right thing,” Baillee said. “I know it sounds simple but that is really it. I believe in supporting good causes that are also responsible.”
About MS and the MS Society of Canada
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve.
It is one of the most common neurological young adults in Canada.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or for more information.
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