The ALS community is optimistic these days, with the life span of people living with the debilitating disease being extended and other positive developments, and they invite the community to join them in their hopeful walk this Sunday in Parksville.
Everyone is invited to join The Mid Island Walk to stop ALS in its tracks, said coordinator Ray Walker who said that while they encourage donations, it is not required if people just want to show their support.
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s or motor neuron disease, is a neuromuscular disease which causes degeneration in the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles.
It can strike anyone, regardless of age, gender or circumstances with around 3,000 Canadians currently living with it.
There is no cure but novel uses of new technologies and drug therapies are showing exciting potential for today’s patients, helping them function, communicate and live with greater comfort Walker said.
The proceeds from the walk go to the ALS Society of BC to fund research and to provide support for those living with it.
There will be refreshments, information and a chance to support the great cause. Get more information, register or donate at www.walkforals.ca or call Ray Walker at 250-228-8683.
Registration for the fun filled event — hosted by the Parksville AM Rotary Club and local ALS volunteers — starts at 11 a.m. and the walk starts and ends at the park behind city hall at noon.
Golfathon for ALS
On June 16, Jan Best and Marc McAndrews will take part in the PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS by golfing as many holes as possible at the Mount Brenton course in Chemainus.
Golf Pros will golf from sunrise to sunset, non-stop at 40 courses across the province to raise funds and awareness for ALS. Get more information or donate at www.golfathonforals.ca.