I chose to ride as I needed to be part of a group that could help me better understand ALS
“I take part in the Ride to Fight ALS, for the cause,” says Guylaine Breault, who lost her father to Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I chose to ride as I needed to be part of a group that could help me better understand ALS. Also, going through what I experienced when my father was diagnosed made me realize more awareness needs to be raised surrounding this disease and funds dedicated to research and community support.”
Being with other people that were knowledgeable about ALS and that were doing something about it made Guylaine feel less alone. And by raising money she hopes to make a difference, specifically in community support for families that are affected by ALS. “The government and the CLSC do a lot for ALS patients and their families but there are still lots of services that are not covered,” she says.
Guylaine — captain of her riding team — says the key to her successful fundraising is that she and her team starts early. Although the ride is in September of each year, she starts organizing her team in March, which includes setting up the team and subscribing to the web site for easy donating.
According to Guylaine, the most difficult thing for a fundraiser is to ask for money, but she found people to be extremely generous, even if ALS is still not well known or understood.