WATCH ABOVE: Taryn Lencoe is swimming laps for 12 hours to raise money for the BC chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Jill Bennett reports.
VANCOUVER A former competitive swimmer spent 12 hours on Saturday swimming off Kits Beach.
Taryn Lencoe took the plunge to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis.
She’s been training for this swim for more than a year. Her goal was to raise $10,000 for the B.C. chapter of the MS Society but she already surpassed that, raising more than $12,000.
The neurological disease hits close to home for Lencoe as her cousin was diagnosed recently.
“I guess the difficulty of the disease, the fact that it’s hard to diagnose, it’s hard to treat, there’s no cure, that all affected me,” said Lencoe.
“And I wanted to do something bigger to help them more forward.”
Lencoe was joined by friends for parts of the swim and she was cheered on by her parents, both on the beach and on the water.
“She’s a very capable swimmer, she’s been swimming for years, long distances,” said Taryn’s dad Steve.
There are roughly 100,000 Canadians currently living with MS. To find out more and to donate go to the MS Society website.
– With files from Jill Bennett
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