More than 100 thousand Canadians, including 12 thousand British Columbians suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.
Our country has the highest rate of the disease in the entire world and while there is no definitive cure, people across the country are supporting the cause to find one. In Prince George, the support for the cause is strong as about 100 people came out to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Sunday for the Scotiabank MS Walk.
While many stretched and warmed up for the walk, it can be hard for others to understand just how much pain those suffering from the disease are going through on a day-to-day basis. Ashley Provencher was diagnosed in 2002, and she says it can be touch and go at times. “It’s a scary thing because every day is not guaranteed,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to wake up to tomorrow. I don’t know if I’m going to walk tomorrow or if I’m going to run tomorrow, so it’s nerve wracking and it’s a lot of uncertainty, but I just live day to day, as positive as I possibly can.”
MS is described as a chronic disease affecting the central nervous system. It’s a common neurological disease, but it is unpredictable in that it can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance, and mobility. Although there is no cure, researchers are trying to understand the genes that may cause it. Chair of the MS Society in Prince George, Madeleine Foley, says all of the funds raised will stay here. “We can help with funding when it comes to research and providing equipment for people that have MS so that they can learn to live with their disability.”
More than $20,000 has been raised so far with the goal of raising $40,000 for MS research and care in Prince George.