Patrick Turcot, Honorary President of the Walk in Charlevoix

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Patrick Turcot, Master chef at the Manoir Richelieu and Honorary President of the 13th Walk for ALS in Charlevoix.

Patrick Turcot was filled with joy and excitement as he accepted Gilles Martel’s invitation to be the Honorary President of the 13th edition of the event.Mr Turcot, Master Chef at the Manoir Richelieu, had never been touched by ALS until he received an unexpected phone call from the Walk coordinator in Charlevoix. “Two years ago, I participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Gilles then contacted me to discuss the Walk for ALS. I didn’t even know that there were people living with ALS in the region of Charlevoix. It was during this conversation that I learned about Sylvie Bergeron’s story.”

Mr Turcot was inspired to help Sylvie and her husband after meeting them. Every Friday for a year, the Master Chef cooked dinner for them. “Mr Turcot is a kind, thoughtful, empathetic and generous man. We really appreciated his gesture” confides Mrs Bergeron. Chef Turcot prepared 6 to 8 portions so that the couple could spend quality time together while avoiding the hassle and costs of preparing a meal for the evening.

Sylvie Bergeron (left) and Chantal Lanthier at the 2014 Walk for ALS in Charlevoix.

As the spokesperson for the 13th Annual Walk for ALS in Charlevoix, Mr Turcot feels that everyone should get involved in the cause. “No one is immune to this disease. Today, you have both of your legs and you can walk, but tomorrow, you may not”. It’s exactly what happened to Mrs Bergeron, who encourages the population of Charlevoix to join the Walk. “A few years ago, I was in good shape, but the disease changed my life. It is important to take part in the Walk in order to fund research and give hope to those living with ALS”.

40% of the proceeds raised at the 13th Annual Walk for ALS will finance Canadian research projects. 60% will be used to fund direct services for people in Quebec living with ALS at every stage of the disease and their families.

This year, 10 towns will each be hosting a Walk. Find the nearest Walk to you, register or make a donation: walks.alsquebec.ca

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