Diane Langman

Warfield couple set to hit the road for MS

A Warfield couple will be riding their bikes nearly 200 km in the hopes of making a difference for people living with multiple sclerosis.

Taking it “one kilometre at a time,” a Warfield couple will be riding their bikes nearly 200 km in the hopes of making a difference for people living with multiple sclerosis.

Diane Langman and her husband Jason will be just two of 1,900 bike riders on Alberta’s highways this weekend for the annual Johnson MS Bike Tour, making the trip from Leduc, just south of Edmonton, to Camrose.

Connie Stang, a friend and former coworker of the Langman’s, has MS, and was the main motivator for their first time on the trip. Now, they are going again.

Langman says, after hearing and seeing the response after her first time in the charity bike ride, it was only natural to hop back on her bike for the good cause.

“We had done the ride two years ago in Connie’s name (last year, I was out due to a full ankle rebuild) and it was a very humbling experience,” she said, mentioning that personal accomplishment also factored into the ride.

“Initially, we had signed up as a goal to accomplish just for ourselves, but once we saw the day-to-day struggles of those living with MS, we knew we had to do it again for those people we know.”

Before the time comes to shift gears and hit the road, the Langmans were busy flipping burgers at Ferraro Foods last Friday, raising money for their team.

They raised exactly $1,292.60 – adding to their nearly $2,000 fundraising total.

Standing over a hot grill, selling burgers was just a warm-up and Langman says there is still more to do. This isn’t the first time the couple has participated in the ride, preparing the pair for the amount of training that needs to be done before the main event.

“We have been riding our bikes three to four times a week and just trying to increase our mileage each time,” explained Langman, adding that the ride isn’t about who gets to the finish line first. “It is not a race. It is a ride to raise fund to MS research. Mentally, you just tackle things one kilometre at a time.”

Although the ride is out in Alberta, Langman says she sees the impact the geared-up adventure has within her home community of Warfield.

“Since that time, we have had so many people in the community come out and say, ‘my husband has MS, thank you for doing the ride,’ or, ‘My sister has MS,’” she said.

“It’s far more common than we ever knew. We know that those who suffer cannot ride, so we will ride for them. It’s one small thing that we can do to show our support.”

The Langmans are riding as part of a larger team named Spokes Of Genius along with some family and friends.

“The energy levels during this event are incredible,” she said. “The team building, the sweat, the drive and determination, the support from complete strangers; it is really an amazing experience. Yes, it is long distance, but look at how much those people with MS suffer everyday. You don’t really feel like you should be complaining about how sore your butt is after seeing their daily struggle.”

The ride starts out from Leduc on the morning of June 13, and ends back in the same spot the next afternoon.

There is still time to add some dollars to the team sponsorship fund ahead of the ride. For donation information, email diane.langman@warfield.ca.

Just Posted

Accident closes Hwy 22 near Castlegar

Highway not expected to reopen until 10:45 p.m.

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Métis Flag flies in Trail on Louis Riel Day

Area students, officials and public attend flag raising at Trail City Hall

Early Trail borrowed a couple of names from the U.S.

Place Names: Connection between Trail and Butte, Montana

First Past the Post is the only option

Letter to the Editor by Dieter Bogs of Trail

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Most Read