Together, we stand united.
If there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that we can’t do it alone. Together, we’re the voice, the heart and the hope of the ALS community. Together, we’re able to accomplish great things. Every action, no matter how small, has a direct impact on the life of a family affected by ALS, but also on the advancement of research into a cure. This is why we are proud to share these achievements with you in our 2017 annual report.
The first thing we did was to team up with the health network in order to respond quickly to the unique and changing needs of the families we support. Whether it’s respite care or helping pay for extracurricular activities, or just someone to talk to, our wide range of services help the hundreds of caregivers, parents and children in Quebec who are touched by ALS to maintain the best quality of life possible, despite the chaos the diagnosis can cause in their daily lives.
We’re also proud of our role in making sure our members’ voices are heard by the public and the government. Our ambassadors have done a great job of shining the light on the many challenges we face, including access to innovative drugs and the urgent need to fund ALS research. We’re convinced that their message will continue to resonate over the coming year, inspiring Quebecers to take action.
We’re also very fortunate to have the support of many generous volunteers, donors and participants. This year, thousands of people from all across the province gave money, walked, ran, cycled, and even organized their own fundraising activities in honour or in memory of a loved one. We’re infinitely grateful and extremely blessed to have them as part of Team ALS.
Finally, if we can ever hope to talk about ALS in the past tense, it will be thanks to an army of brilliant international researchers who are working hard to unlock the mystery of ALS. Thanks to your donations, we’re proud to have contributed to a $3 million investment in the ALS Society of Canada’s research program, resulting in the creation of 12 new research projects and bringing renewed hope to the ALS community.
Thanks to all the researchers, donors, participants, volunteers, health professionals and partners who stand united with us and who, little by little, help us piece together the puzzle that will one day solve the mystery of ALS, defeating it once and for all.