Laughs to EndMS (Jan. 19)! Chance to Win Canucks Tickets!

Comedy MIX is hosting a comedy night with all proceeds going to the MS Society’s Lower Mainland Chapter (LMC).

Click here to purchase tickets: http://tinyurl.com/LaughstoEndMS

**Buy tickets before Dec. 1 for a chance to win Canucks tickets!**

 

Laughs to EndMS

 

Link to Facebook event pagehttp://tinyurl.com/FB-LaughstoEndMS

Special guests:

  • Ivan Decker – featured award-winning comedian
  • Sylvia (Mina) Kolitsopoulos – actress/comedienne hosting the event
  • Mathieson McCrae
  • Vanessa Woznow

Location: Comedy MIX @ the Century Plaza, 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Time: 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM) on Monday, January 19, 2015

Price: $25 each

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NMO 2nd Annual 5KM Walk/Run

Photo by Cheryl Kathler

Photo by Cheryl Kathler

A bright spring day, a sea of vibrant green shirts, and a courageous mom determined to raise money and support for NMO.

The 2nd Annual Walk/Run for NMO created an electric buzz at Rocky Point Park on June 1st. Nancy Reimer, the determined organizer, remarked “I just had to step back and go whoa.”

Nancy’s son, Riley, was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) nearly three years ago. Often misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis, NMO is a similar disease, but is diagnosed and treated differently. According to the UBC NMO Clinic, attacks may include severe sudden vision loss or optic neuritis and severe transverse myelitis with evidence of a “long cord lesion” on MRI.

When Riley was diagnosed, Nancy faced the discouraging reality that sufficient resources and support for those affected by NMO did not exist. Out of frustration came her desire to start fundraising and gathering support for her son and others affected by NMO through a charity walk event.

In its second year, the Annual 5KM Walk/Run for NMO was an uplifting and successful family event. Upwards of 450 people arrived ready to don their green t-shirt and walk or run the 5km scenic route together. Riley’s school, Eagle Ridge Elementary, wasa huge supporter and this year’s walk even had out of province participants and a 40 person flash mob from Port Moody School of Dance.

Dr. Traboulsee, an NMO specialist, spoke and drove home the message that fundraising events do make a positive impact on NMO research. Under the banner of “I am Courage, I am not Alone, Standing Together to Find a Cure for NMO” over $20,000 was raised for the UBC NMO Clinic and the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Nancy crossed the finish line with Riley by her side; together they illustrate how an unpredictable disease with no cure can be braved.

For more information on NMO visit the UBC Clinic website: & for information on the services provided by the MS Society visit the MS Society website.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Photo from the 2013 Folk Festival

The 37th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival is happening July 18-20th at the beautiful Jericho Beach Park. Over 60 acts will perform throughout the 3 day festival, including the spotlight acts Joan Baez, Frank Yamma, and Ozomatli. In addition, there will be an amazing Artisan Market, Folk Bazaar, and delicious food from around the world.

When: July 18-20th
Address: Jericho Beach Park 3941 Point Grey Rd, Vancouver, BC
Time: Friday 6-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am -11pm
Cost: Weekend pass -$140, Friday pass -$45, Saturday or Sunday pass- $75 (early bird prices must be ordered by June 14, 2014). Tickets can be purchased online or at 100-2425 Quebec Street. Go to http://thefestival.bc.ca/ for more details.
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Discounted tickets are available for people with disabilities. To order please contact Linda McGowan at lin@shaw.ca. Deadline is June 1, 2014.

Fishing Forever – A BC Wildlife Federation program which allows people with disabilities to get out and experience the fun of fishing!

Fishing Forever is a B.C. Wildlife Federation program which allows people with disabilities to get out and experience the fun of fishing.

This year’s outing will visit the:

Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery 

When: Sunday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th

Address: 34345 Vye Road, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 7P6

Fishing equipment will be provided, as well as a lunch of hot dogs and trimmings, soft drinks and water, and a large cake! Limit to 2 fish. There is plenty of parking with accessible washrooms. Please bring a chair and umbrella if needed.

No charge. All participants require a care giver.

To register, please email Rob Auma at write2rob@hotmail.com with your name, age, disability and preferred day.

 

 

Film Screening: When I Walk – tonight at 8:50 PM!

This  award winning documentary by Jason Da Silva (formerly of Vancouver) about his life with MS is showing at the Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver on  May 13-15. The MS Society sponsored this film when it screened in the Vancouver International Film Festival to sold out audiences. The last screening is tonight at 8:50 PM at the Vancity Theatre!

http://www.viff.org/theatre/films/fc8138-when-i-walk

May 31 Family Day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo!

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The MS Society invites you to Family Day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo

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We’re all going to the zoo! How about you?

This is a great opportunity for children 18 and under who have MS or an immediate family member with MS. Admission is free and light snacks are provided!

Come explore all the animals and check out the daily events schedule including a lion & tiger feeding, radical raptors birds of prey, hippo snack!

Details:

Click here to register for Family Day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo Please rsvp by May 25th via this link or by calling the Lower Mainland Chapter at 604.689.3144.

Date: Saturday, May 31st

Time: Arrive between 10am-1:30pm

Location: Greater Vancouver Zoo 5048 – 264th Street, Aldergrove map

Details: Check in at the MS Society tent near the front gates between 10am-1:30pm to get your admission tickets and refreshments.  The zoo is open until 7pm

Parking: $6 is for the day.

If this cost would hinder you from attending, please contact us at 604-689-3144 to determine whether we can assist you.