FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local car wash is hosting a fundraiser for Coreen Loney, who recently discovered she has another autoimmune disease after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2018.
The fundraiser will be held at Rudy’s at 10904 Tahltan Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 3rd.
The car wash is in addition to multiple fundraising events that have taken place in the community and a GoFundMe page set up for Loney’s medical and travel expenses. The GoFundMe page has raised over $51,000 of the $35,000 goal.
Loney’s story started in 2018 when she was diagnosed with MS. After 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.
Between private transfers, the GoFundMe and fundraising events, the family thinks they will have enough to cover the cost of treatment and travel.
At the beginning of May, the family shared on Facebook that Loney is in the early stages of being diagnosed with another autoimmune disease, ankylosis spondylitis, which the HSCT treatment should also help with.
On May 13th, Grill Pros & Outdoor Living hosted a fundraising barbecue where all proceeds went toward the family.
Lux Apparel also donated $1 from every transaction made in-store on May 13th to the family.