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Vancouver Island couple being recognized for their fundraising efforts against MS

Participating in a 10-hour fundraising soccer match might question your sanity, but it’s for a good cause.

Vancouver Island resident Darcie James lives with MS and sees this event as yet another example of her husband’s commitment.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>

Since Darcie and Kevin got married almost two decades ago, soccer has become an interest that has tied them together.

“We actually met at a soccer dance,” recalls Kevin. “I had it all planned out. We had a big cup game and I told all my family and friends what was happening. While we were all there, I went down on one knee and proposed to her. We ended up winning the game!”

Not long into their marriage, Darcie was diagnosed with MS. For many, a diagnosis like this would result in devastation, but not for her.

Darcie turned the news into motivation for lifelong fundraising to advance MS research and support services.

The duo has organized a variety of events, but they both agreed that soccer was the place to start.

“I decided to do a 10-hour marathon game, so people could get a taste of what people living with MS felt on a day to day life. Rubbery legs, exhaustion, fatigue and general discomfort,” explains Kevin.

Their fundraising efforts have amounted to more than $1 million in financial support over the years.

Their clear devotion has prompted the MS Society to choose Darcie and Kevin as this year’s Woman Against MS (WAMS) taking place Nov. 22, 2018, at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver.

<who>Photo Credit: WAMS</who> WAMS luncheon

This luncheon will attract leading professionals and organizations from a wide variety of backgrounds all in support of ending MS.

The B.C. chapter of WAMS was born in 2015, and since then, more than $305,000 has been raised to find a cure for MS.

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