The 9th edition of the ALS Society of Quebec’s Ride to Fight ALS cycling challenge was an historic success, in terms of both number of participants and money raised. From August 26 to 28, 200 cyclists rode through the streets of Vaudreuil-Dorion and surroundings to support families touched by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and to fund research into the disease. The Ride’s three events—the 3-day challenge, the 1-day challenge, and the Evening of Dreams benefit dinner—raised a combined total of over $430,000 for the cause, a record amount since the event was first held in 2008!
The 2016 Ride to Fight ALS brought together hundreds of people touched by the disease, with many participants riding in honour or in memory of a loved one. For the first time this year, three people recently diagnosed with ALS took part in the event, putting faces on the urgent need to find a cure and help families at all stages of the disease.
The ALS Society of Quebec would like to thank the event’s key sponsor, TELUS Health, and Château Vaudreuil for its generous hospitality.
An Evening of Dreams to honour the Society’s Builders
On the Saturday evening, the ALS Society of Quebec took the opportunity to honour the Society’s Builders during a benefit dinner attended by close to 400 guests, including Guy Carbonneau, P.J. Stock, Vincent Damphousse, Peter Dalla Riva, and Michael Soles. Comedian Martin Matte, whose father succumbed to ALS, prepared a video message as he was unable to attend. ICI Radio-Canada anchorman Patrice Roy was the evening’s host, and Montréal Canadiens legend Yvon Lambert entertained the guests while raising funds via the live auction.
A few facts about the Vaudreuil-Dorion Ride to Fight ALS
- The 9th Edition of the Ride to Fight ALS took place August 26-28 at Château Vaudreuil;
- 250 volunteers and cyclists of all levels gathered for the event;
- The Ride to Fight ALS included 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 $1.6 million and making the Ride to Fight ALS the Society’s flagship event.
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
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