Mission team takes part in MS bike tour

The MS Deraillers ventured to the Cowichan Valley for Grape Escape

Left to right: MS Society Fraser Valley chapter members Martin Dorner

Left to right: MS Society Fraser Valley chapter members Martin Dorner

A Mission woman raised just over $1,400 and cycled in this past weekend’s annual Grape Escape MS Bike Tour, which took place in the Cowichan Valley.

Heather Armstrong is part of the MS Deraillers, a team comprised of her husband, Jim, Abbotsford’s Marty Darrow and Mission’s Roxanne Jopling-Hill.

“My goal was $2,000,” said Armstrong, adding she spent about a month fundrdaising for her fifth year in a row.

More than 500 cyclists gather for the event, which aims to collect money to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, according to the MS Society of Canada. The disease attacks the myelin which is a protective covering wrapped around the nerves of the central nervous system.

Armstrong is afflicted with MS, and her mother also has the disease. The Stave Falls resident also works for the MS Society.

Recently, while at a local grocery store, Armstrong was stopped by a fellow shopper who noticed her Bike Tour T-shirt and thanked her for her efforts.

It meant a lot to her, said Armstrong.

The District of Mission issued a proclamation in May in recognition of MS Awareness Month, and International MS Day (May 29).

The acknowledgement was appreciated, said Armstrong.

“It’s great having the District of Mission understand that it’s a disease that needed that awareness.”

For more information, visit mssociety.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Elementary teacher Jo-Ann Lindahl poses with her students following an outdoor ‘closing circle’ in which they discussed what they had learned that day. (Image submitted)
Mission elementary teacher to receive national Indigenous educator award

Jo-Ann Lindahl named a 2020 Guiding the Journey: Educator Award recipient

An employee at a Chilliwack McDonald’s location tested positive for COVID on Nov. 21 (File photo by The Associated Press)
Employee tests positive for COVID-19 at McDonald’s restaurant in Chilliwack

One case was detected at the Vedder Road location, which briefly closed its doors

Cascade Falls Regional Park is one of several Fraser Valley parks that saw record usage during the summer of 2020. (File photo)
Residents flock to Fraser Valley parks amid pandemic

Some trails saw usage double during summer months of 2020

At the current rate of new infections, one in 53 Lower Mainland residents will catch the virus over the weeks to come. (Chart: Tyler Olsen)
GRAPHIC: One in 25 Lower Mainland residents may contract COVID-19 by February if virus continues spread

Moderate increase cases would leave one in 20 Lower Mainland residents with virus by February

A horse on Yale Road West in Chilliwack peeks out from its shelter at the rainy weather on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Several days of rain in forecast for Fraser Valley after single day of sunshine

According to Environment Canada, rain and showers are expected today until Wednesday

Kyle Charles poses for a photo in Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Marvel Entertainment, the biggest comic book publisher in the world, hired the 34-year-old First Nations illustrator as one of the artists involved in Marvel Voice: Indigenous Voices #1 in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
VIDEO: Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

Kyle Charles says Indigenous women around the world have reached out

Bank of Montreal, located on Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. (Google Maps)
Heiltsuk man files human rights complaint against Vancouver police, BMO after bank arrest

Pair remains distraught after employee falsely reports fraud in progress leading to their arrest

RCMP Cpl. Cory Lepine pictured at BC Livestock Producers Co. in Kamloops, Nov. 16. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Meet B.C.’s only cowboy cop; a voice for the livestock industry

Cpl. Cory Lepine serves as a bridge between the law and those who make a living off the land

BCHL
BCHL pushes back season start due to provincial health orders

The delay is minimal, just six days, for now. But the league is open to starting up after Christmas

Fraser the Sandhill Crane getting some care for his broken leg. (Special to The News)
Sandhill crane hit by golf ball released back into the wild in Pitt Meadows

The ‘threatened’ bird was captured and operated on after his leg was fractured by an errant ball

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Long-awaited federal rent subsidy program for businesses hurt by COVID-19 opens today

The new program will cover up to 65 per cent of rent or commercial mortgage interest

An Oceana Canada audit of Canadian fish stocks reveals a growing number with critical populations, calling on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to enact existing commitments. (File photo)
B.C.’s declining fisheries the result of poor DFO management: audit

Oceana Canada calls for follow through on government commitments

Most Read