FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Montreal, September 16, 2015
The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec will welcome over 1,000 participants, including players from the Montreal Alouettes and ALS researchers on Saturday September 19th at Maisonneuve Park for the 15th annual Walk for ALS in Montreal. This year, the Society hopes to raise $240,000 thanks to ten Walks for ALS held across the province.
The Montreal Alouettes Remember Tony Proudfoot
The Montreal Alouettes continue to help tackle ALS, in memory of former Alouettes player and broadcaster, Tony Proudfoot who died of ALS in 2010. Several players and former Alouettes will be at Park Maisonneuve to support Tony’s legacy and the Tony Proudfoot Fund. Created in 2007, the Fund provides support for families living with ALS and offers, in collaboration with the Montreal Neurological Institute, ALS research fellowships. To this date, over $835,000 has been raised. Michael Soles, former Alouettes player who has been living with ALS since 2005 will also be at the Walk, health permitting.
Inspired by the families touched by ALS, many renowned ALS researchers will be present, including: Pierre Drapeau (University of Montreal), Heather Durham (McGill University), Benoît Gentil (McGill University), Alexandra Lissouba-Tatarinoff (University of Montreal), Richard Robitaille (University of Montreal), Alex Parker (University of Montreal), Christine Vande Velde (University of Montreal).
In December 2014, former NHL player and sports commentator PJ Stock received the shattering news that his brother Dean was diagnosed with ALS. The news came as a huge blow to the Stocks but they decided they would do everything in their power to create something positive from it. Dean Stock, his wife Paula and their three young children have become actively involved with the Society. “We felt we had to do our part to help the cause,” says Paula. On Saturday, the family and their loved ones will participate in the Walk for ALS for the first time. Moreover, the couple and their children collaborated on the Society’s first awareness video that was aired across Canada to help educated people about ALS. “We need to keep up the fight and never stop raising awareness about this devastating disease,” explains Paula.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Summer 2014 was marked by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon that raised $2.66 million in Quebec. Thanks to donations and awareness, researchers are able to continue to work on promising avenues and new clinical trials have been initiated. The ALS Society of Quebec has enhanced its current services and launched two new programs to better support families living with ALS during all stages of the disease. This year, the Ice Bucket Challenge has really been about the cause and the people and less about the viral trend. The 2015 results will be announced on Saturday.
Spokespeople will be available for interviews on-site.
|When||Saturday September 19th, registration at 9:30, address at 11:00, Walk at 11:20|
|Where||ParK Maisonneuve, entry via the Chalet (4601, Sherbrooke Est St. Montreal)|
|Who||ALS Researchers; Montreal Alouettes and walkers totalling about 1,000 participants.|
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About ALS and the ALS Society of Quebec
ALS is a fatal and incurable neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons. People with ALS lose the use of their limbs, their throats and their lungs while their senses remain intact. They become prisoners of their own body.
The ALS Society of Quebec’s mission is to provide programs and services to those affected by the disease, to fund research, and to increase awareness among the public, media and government bodies.
For more information on ALS and the services offered by the Society, visit als-quebec.ca
Renée Myriam Larabie, communications coordinator, 514 725-2653 (ext.102), 514 607-0419, [email protected]
Claudine Cook, Executive Director, 514 285-0540 (mobile), [email protected] (will be present on-site)