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Montreal, September 21, 2015
On Saturday September 19, about 1,000 walkers, volunteers and partners gathered at Park Maisonneuve for the 15th edition of the Walk for ALS in Montreal. Thanks to generous participants and donors, over $120,000 was raised!
The Montreal Alouettes Remember Tony Proudfoot
The Montreal Alouettes continue to help tackle ALS, in memory of former Alouettes player and broadcaster, Tony Proudfoot who died of ALS in 2010. Saturday, several Alouettes players supported Tony’s legacy and the Tony Proudfoot Fund. Created in 2007, the Fund provides support for families living with ALS and offers, in collaboration with the Montreal Neurological Institute, ALS research fellowships. To this date, over $835,000 has been raised.
Inspired by the families touched by ALS, many renowned ALS researchers were present, including: Pierre Drapeau (University of Montreal), Heather Durham (McGill University), Benoît Gentil (McGill University), Alexandra Lissouba-Tatarinoff (University of Montreal), Richard Robitaille (University of Montreal), Alex Parker (University of Montreal), Christine Vande Velde (University of Montreal).
In December 2014, former NHL player and sports commentator PJ Stock received the shattering news that his brother Dean was diagnosed with ALS. The news came as a huge blow to the Stocks but they decided they would do everything in their power to create something positive from it. “We felt we had to do our part to help the cause,” says Dean’s wife, Paula. On Saturday, about 50 people joined Team Stock and raised over $21,000. Moreover, the couple and their children collaborated on the Society’s first awareness video that was aired across Canada to help educated people about ALS. “We need to keep up the fight and never stop raising awareness about this devastating disease,” explains Paula.
Les Marchands de Sourires
Diagnosed in 2011, Alain Bérard is a regular at the Society’s fundraising events. Also a board member, Alain and his family take every opportunity to raise awareness and funds for ALS. “Every person touched by ALS is an ambassador. We have the power to raise awareness, raise funds and further research. Each of us has a key role in order to find a treatment to ALS.” This year, his team Les Marchands de Sourires generously supported by Lanxess raised over $10,000.
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About ALS and the ALS Society of Quebec
ALS is a fatal and incurable neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons. People with ALS lose the use of their limbs, their throats and their lungs while their senses remain intact. They become prisoners of their own body.
The ALS Society of Quebec’s mission is to provide programs and services to those affected by the disease, to fund research, and to increase awareness among the public, media and government bodies.
For more information on ALS and the services offered by the Society, visit als-quebec.ca
Renée Myriam Larabie, communications coordinator, 514 725-2653 (ext.102), 514 607-0419, [email protected]
Claudine Cook, Executive Director, 514 285-0540 (mobile), [email protected] (will be present on-site)