Montreal, August 19, 2016 – The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec is set to kick off the 9th Edition of the Ride to Fight ALS powered by TELUS Health cycling challenge, which will take place August 26-28. The dedicated participants will ride through the streets of Vaudreuil-Dorion and will spend the night at the renowned Château Vaudreuil. Some one hundred brave riders will cover over 300 km in three days. On Sunday, August 28, more than 250 cyclists of all levels, including some recently diagnosed with ALS, young athletes, parents, and family members, are expected for a fun day open to the public. A huge charity dinner for 400 guests will take place Saturday evening during which we’ll pay tribute to our builders: André Delambre and René Angélil, Martin Matte, Vincent Damphousse, the Reed family, Tony Proudfoot and the Montreal Alouettes, Patrice Roy and the Radio‑Canada team. The evening will also include a silent auction and a live auction hosted by Montréal Canadiens legend, Yvon Lambert.
Chantale Grenon’s story
Saint-Lazare resident Chantale Grenon-Nyenhuis will be participating in her second Ride to Fight ALS. “When I found out that Dean Stock, my two youngest boys’ hockey coach, had been diagnosed with the disease, I had to help.” This year, Chantale, her husband, and their four sons are getting involved. “I want my kids to understand that we can all make a difference, even if only in a small way.” Read Chantale’s story.
A few facts about the Vaudreuil-Dorion Ride to Fight ALS
- The 9th Edition of the Ride to Fight ALS will take place August 26-28 at Château Vaudreuil;
- 300 volunteers and cyclists of all levels will participate;
- The Ride to Fight ALS is made up of three events: a three-day cycling challenge, a one-day cycling challenge for all ages on the Sunday, and the Evening of Dreams benefit dinner on the Saturday evening.
- The Ride to Fight ALS raises awareness for ALS and collects money to support research and to maintain the quality of services offered to patients and their loved ones across the province;
- Since 2008, cyclists of all ages and levels have participated in the Ride, raising over $1.2 million and making the Ride to Fight ALS the Society’s flagship event.
The media are invited to attend the press conference, which will take place before the start of the ride.
|When:||Friday, August 26. Press conference at 9 a.m., cyclists depart at 9:30 a.m.|
|Where:||Château Vaudreuil, 21700 Route Transcanadienne, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, J7V 8P3|
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.
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Claudine Cook, Executive Director, ALS Society of Quebec
1-877-725-7725, ext. 101 (office) | 514-285-0540 (mobile) | [email protected]
Renée Myriam Larabie, Communications Coordinator, ALS Society of Quebec
1-877-725-7725, ext. 102 (office) | [email protected]
Availability for interview
Members of the Organizing Committee are available prior to or during the Ride to Fight ALS. Please contact Renée Myriam Larabie, Communications Coordinator at 1-877-725-7725, ext. 102 or by email [email protected] to schedule an interview.