Changing the game for the ALS community

United in the fight against ALS

Just under two years ago, Chantal Lanthier crossed paths with someone who very quickly became a dear friend: Denise St Pierre, who’s dedicated herself heart and soul over the past few years to supporting the cause of ALS. With a singular commitment, Denise threw all her energy into rallying the troops to keep moving the battle against ALS forward.

Chantal Lanthier (centre) surrounded by Denise St-Pierre (right), Volunteer Coordinator of Saint-Hyacinthe’s Walk to End ALS, Claudine Cook (left), Executive Director of the ALS Society of Quebec and some participants of the Yoga for ALS activity at Centre ADN. Photo credit : Andrée-Anne Rivest

The wonderful friendship I have with Denise began in spring 2017. She’d read my book, Parce que parfois, la pluie doit tomber, and was really moved by it. She approached me to ask for more copies to give to her employees at the Centre de conditionnement physique ADN. She wanted them to learn more about ALS ahead of their participation in the two fundraising events that she’d organized: the very first Walk to End ALS in Saint-Hyacinthe in 2015 and the Yoga for ALS evening in 2017. Her goal was to educate her employees, to then have them spread the word to loved ones to generate even more influence and support.

I was really impressed with her dedication and compassion—two qualities that sparked the chemistry that’s existed between us ever since. Even though she was touched and inspired by my book, she’s always felt the need to help people with ALS and their families. She believes she was “destined” to make a difference.

Denise St-Pierre proudly wearing the colors of ALS Awareness Month during the third edition of Saint-Hyacinthe’s Walk to End ALS. Photo credit: Andrée-Anne Rivest

Today, two years later, Denise is still unwavering in her commitment. Her original ideas flow not only from her creativity, but also from her desire to raise awareness about the disease and to make sure donors don’t forget about us. Her energy and enthusiasm inspire us to push our limits. As proof, she did an amazing job leading the warm-up sessions for the Ride to Fight ALS and the Walk to End ALS in Montreal.

Our Denise is larger than life, and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her dedication to the ALS community in Quebec. Thanks to people like her, the lives of ALS patients and their families are a little brighter.

I love you, my friend.
Chantal, xxx

 

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