Locals thank community for support for MS treatment

A woman with her hair pinned up and sunglasses on sitting in a camping chair with a blanket on her lap and a dog sitting in front of her.
Coreen Loney. (supplied)

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local family would like to express their thanks to the community for their support so Coreen Loney can get treatment for her multiple sclerosis (MS).

The GoFundMe, created on April 21st, has surpassed its $35,000 goal and is over $50,000 for Loney’s treatment and travel expenses.

“It’s been truly remarkable,” said Sarah Collins, Loney’s sister-in-law.

Loney’s story started in 2018 when she was diagnosed with MS. Over the last few years of hospital visits, medical treatments and trips to her neurologist in Vancouver, Loney has decided to go forward with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) treatment to help stop the progression of the disease.

According to the MS Society, HSCT aims to ‘reset’ the immune system to stop it from attacking the central nervous system. 

Loney is hopeful the treatment will improve her quality of life, so she can return to work and make more memories with her family, which she hasn’t been able to do since her diagnosis.

The issue arose when they learned Loney was not approved in Canada to receive the treatment, so she applied to a private treatment center in Mexico specializing in HSCT and was accepted.

The cost of the treatment is $56,500 USD, plus travel costs, which Collins worked out to approximately $80,000 CAD. Loney will be in the clinic for 28 days.

Between private transfers, the GoFundMe and planned events, Collins says they will pretty much have the total amount of the treatment cost and travel expenses.

“[Tyler and Coreen Loney] would like to thank the community of FSJ for all their support, as it’s been truly heartwarming and amazing how much support they have had from friends and family,” Collins said.

“Both Coreen and her husband Tyler are feeling the love beyond measure and don’t know how they can thank everyone for their generosity.”

On May 13th, Grill Pros & Outdoor Living is hosting a fundraising barbecue at 9120 100th Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where all proceeds will go towards the family.

Lux Apparel will also donate $1 from every transaction made in-store on the 13th to the family.

Additionally, Nature’s Way Spa & Wellness has teamed up with several other local businesses in town to do an online fundraiser for the family sometime in the middle of May.

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