Montreal, September 18th 2016- Today, nearly 1,000 participants gathered at the Parc Maisonneuve for the 16th edition of the Walk for ALS in Montreal in support of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec. Families touched by the disease, volunteers and researchers have walked 4km and contributed to the huge success of this Walk. Thanks to the many participants and generous donors, the event raised an impressive amount of $92 000. So far this year, the 10 Walks for ALS across the province have raised $257 000.
Inspired by the families touched by ALS, many renowned ALS researchers were present, including: Dr Pierre Drapeau (University of Montreal), Dr Christine Vande Velde (University of Montreal) and Dr Angela Genge (researcher and neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute).
Facts about the Walks for ALS
- The Walks for ALS contribute in raising awareness for ALS and funds to support research and maintain quality services offered to people living with ALS and their families all across the province;
- 40% of proceeds support cutting-edge research currently taking place in Canada and particularly in Quebec. The complementary sixty percent of proceeds support direct services for people living with ALS at every stage of the disease.
- Since their beginning in 2000, the number of Walks for ALS increased to include 10 Walks across Quebec and 93 across Canada;
- The list of Walks located in Quebec also includes Sherbrooke, Outaouais (Ottawa), Trois-Rivières, Saint-Hyacinthe, Laval, Québec, Rivière-du-Loup, Charlevoix and Lennoxville.
More commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that attacks the body’s nerve cells, and is usually fatal within five years. As motor neurons are destroyed, persons with ALS lose their ability to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. They become prisoners within their own bodies. The cause is unknown and there is no effective treatment.
The ALS Society of Quebec is a non-profit community organization which provides programs and services to families touched by ALS during all stages of the disease. Promoting, subsidizing, and advancing research on the causes, treatment, and cure of ALS are also integral parts of the mission of the Society, which survives on donations and on proceeds from various fundraising events.
For more information or to make a donation: als-quebec.ca.
Claudine Cook, Executive Director, 514 285-0540 (mobile) or by email [email protected]
Roxanne Goulet, Communication and Social Media, 514 725-2653 ext.113 or by email [email protected]