MS cycling fundraiser sees comox Valley going and coming

The MS Society of Canada has been holding summer cycling fundraising rides for over 20 years.

This is my 17th MS Bike Tour and my fifth Multiple Sclerosis fundraising tour in B.C. after 12 years of cycling in Ontario’s tour rides encompassing 30+ rides covering about 4,100 kilometres.

DAVID COX pedalled through the Comox Valley on his way from Victoria to Port Hardy and back again.

DAVID COX pedalled through the Comox Valley on his way from Victoria to Port Hardy and back again.

The MS Society of Canada has been holding summer cycling fundraising rides for over 20 years.

This is my 17th MS Bike Tour and my fifth Multiple Sclerosis fundraising tour in B.C. after 12 years of cycling in Ontario’s tour rides encompassing 30+ rides covering about 4,100 kilometres.

Last year, was a forced off year due to a bike fall and fractured shoulder while riding to prepare for last year’s event.

Now, having healed, two years older and also adapted to heart meds I now have to take, I have completed a duplicate of my unsupported 1,000-kilometre 2009 Van Isle End to End to End Ride.

I timed it to join up with this year’s Aug. 13 and 14 MS South Vancouver Island Chapter’s annual two-day Cowichan Valley Grape Escape tour for another 150 km before finishing at home, a mere 33 km south up over the Malahat.

Blurry vision. Overwhelming fatigue. Cognitive issues. Paralysis. Muscle weakness.

These are only a few of the possible symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, the most common disease of the central nervous system.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, still incurable, often-debilitating neurological disease with a disproportionate presence amongst Canadians, affecting, in particular, women and young people. It is usually diagnosed during our family and career-building years, the years that feel the most promising and exciting.

The MS Society provides day-to-day support services for people living with MS and Canada is a key leader in establishing world-class research projects into the causes, treatments and potential cures for MS including “chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency” or CCSVI, which has yet to be proven to have a causal relationship.

To learn more about the research of the society, go to http://mssociety.ca/en/research/default.htm and for more information on CCSVI, go to http://ccsvi.ca and http://www.ccsvi.org.

According to a Leger Marketing survey, half of Canadians know someone with MS. That means someone in your church group, sports team or work place — perhaps even you — knows someone with MS.

So here I am, bike helmet in hand, asking for your help. I will do the sweating, pedalling and everything else.

I would be more than pleased to receive your support — please open your heart and your wallet to sponsor me. I have made my commitment; will you join me?

The cutoff date for donations is Aug. 28.

Please make a secure donation now at my personal donation site at www.mssociety.ca/en/give/default.htm. Use “a cyclist pledge” under “Other ways to make a difference” and enter David Cox.

This leads to my personal page where you will meet my niece Leslie, who contracted MS in her 30s and who is wheelchair-bound, be able to see the team’s fund raising totals in addition to my own, as well as being able to make the secure online donation.

Even if you prefer to donate by cheque, this page provides a wealth of information.

With an online donation, you get an immediate non-alterable electronic tax receipt; however, I am also happy to accept cheques for which a paper receipt will subsequently be sent by the society.  Please ensure to provide an address and telephone number.

Make cheque payable to MS Society of Canada (Bike). c/o David Cox, 3332 Fulton Rd., Victoria, B.C. V9C 2T9.

Many thanks for your generosity. For those among you in other countries, I encourage you to search out your local or national Multiple Sclerosis organization and make a donation.

For more information on the MS Bike Tour, go to www.mssociety.ca/en/events/biketour/default.htm.

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

Just Posted

Comox Valley residents with ties to India held a rally at Lewis Park and a convoy through Courtenay and Comox, to show support for farmers in India. Photo by Terry Farrell
VIDEO: Comox Valley residents hold rally and convoy in support of the plight of farmers in India

New legislation in India calls for for the deregulation of crop pricing

Cumberland council decided on debt terms to finance its new fire hall. Record file photo
Cumberland chooses shorter debt period for fire hall borrowing

Council also wants to push province into support for small communities’ fire protection

An RCMP cruiser looks on as a military search and rescue helicopter winds down near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
Boundary Mountie and suspect airlifted from ravine after foot chase

Military aircraft were dispatched from Comox, B.C., say RCMP

The process of integrating Union Bay services into the regional district can now begin. Record file photo
Union Bay transfer to region targeted for July 2021

Three services will be rolled into Comox Valley Regional District

Mike Aldersey, the Port McNeill base manager for West Coast Helicopters has been awarded the prestigious Agar/Stringer Award by the Helicopter Association of Canada. (Submitted photo)
Vancouver Island pilot receives coveted helicopter industry award

Port McNeill based Mike Aldersey is the recipient of the 2o2o Agar/Stringer Award given out to select few Canadians

Letter to the editor.
LETTER – Horgan’s election promise of COVID relief cash is money foolishly spent

Dear editor, Would you dip into your child’s registered education fund to… Continue reading

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Refusal to wear a mask in public spaces in B.C. could land you a fine. One man on Vancouver Island found that out the hard way - twice. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation at the legislature, Nov. 30, 2020. (B.C. government)
Hockey team brought COVID-19 back from Alberta, B.C. doctor says

Dr. Bonnie Henry pleads for out-of-province travel to stop

Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital took in two COVID-19 patients from Northern Health as part of a provincial agreement. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria hospital takes in two COVID-19 patients from Northern Health

Royal Jubilee Hospital takes patients as part of provincial transport network

B.C. Premier John Horgan on a conference call with religious leaders from his B.C. legislature office, Nov. 18, 2020, informing them in-person church services are off until further notice. (B.C. government)
B.C. tourism relief coming soon, Premier John Horgan says

Industry leaders to report on their urgent needs next week

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are inviting audiences into their home for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’. (Submitted)
Natalie MacMaster coming to you through Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Here’s your chance to enjoy the famed fiddler in an online show with her husband Donnell Leahy.

Most Read