July 30, 2018 7:04 am
Updated: July 30, 2018 10:47 am

Cyclists raise $1.4 M for MS research in 2-day trek from Grand Bend to London and back

Team Dunner takes a photo after crossing the finish line in Grand Bend Sunday. The team includes FM 96's Dunner (second from the right), 980 CFPL's Liny Lamberink (far right) and Kim and Mark from Fresh mornings (far left and second from the left)

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Two days, 150 kilometres, one goal.

The annual PwC MS Bike Tour saw thousands of cyclists ride from Grand Bend to London and back over the weekend.

The ride raised $1.4 million to help those living with Canada’s most prevalent disease.

READ MORE: Multiple sclerosis in Canada: Understanding why MS rates are the highest here

The ride started Saturday morning when about 1,600 cyclists began the 75-kilometre journey to Western University’s Perth Hall residence.

On Sunday, riders made their way back to Grand Bend, pedaling another 75 kilometres to the finish line at Grand Bend Motorplex

Riding in support of FM96’s Dunner who was diagnosed with MS in 2010 was Team Dunner.

Partially sponsored by Cowbell Brewing, the team included some familiar names such as 980 CFPL’s Liny Lamberink, Kim and Mark from Fresh mornings and, of course, Dunner herself.

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The money raised goes towards multiple sclerosis research and support.

READ MORE: ‘All I knew was that I couldn’t walk anymore:’ Canadians living with MS

Often referred to as Canada’s disease, MS is an inflammatory neurological disease of the central nervous system that impacts the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

According to a Global News series that focuses on MS in Canada, more than 93,500 Canadians of all ages are currently living with the autoimmune disease.

The Public Health Agency of Canada anticipates that number will rise to 133,635 by 2031.

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, Statistics Canada reported, but it’s not exactly clear why that is.

The cause of the disease remains a mystery.

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