The Society is made up of many men and women who dedicate their time and effort to helping us achieve our mission. It’s thanks to the commitment and involvement of these active community members that we’re able to make an even bigger difference in the lives of people living with ALS.
Ormstown rallies behind Michel “Mouse” Tremblay
On August 6, 2016, the RAM”Mouse”SONS POUR VAINCRE LA SLA family day drew out more than 1,000 participants in Ormstown, in Montérégie, to the astonishment of organizers Michel “Mouse” Tremblay, who has ALS, and his wife, Louise Champagne. “We were completely caught off guard. We’d set a goal to raise $10,000, maybe $15,000 at most, but the results were way better than we’d ever imagined. There are no words to describe how we feel. I never thought it was possible to experience so much gratitude. My heart is bursting with it!” said Louise, thrilled with the results of the event, which raised close to $37,000 for the Society.
4 years of dancing with The Classics!
For the fourth year, Roger Boudreau, Steve Roy and Bruce Mcleod took to the stage to perform the greatest hits from the 50s to the 80s as part of the Dance With The Classics event in support of the ALS Society. It was Roger, along with his bandmates of the past decade, who first got the project off the ground for his good friend, Larry Ayotte. “When I found out that Larry had ALS in 2011, I offered to organize a fundraising dance for the ALS Society of Quebec in his name. My wife and I spent several hours with Larry and his wife, Jacqueline, planning the first edition of the dance.” Not only did the event become a huge sensation, raising more than $17,500 in just four years, it also led to a lasting friendship between the two couples.
Bromont Ultra goes beyond for the third consecutive year!
October 8 and 9, 2016, marked the third edition of the Bromont Ultra, with courses from 2 to 160 km pushing runners to the limits of their endurance. The event, which raises money for several different charities, attracted more than 1,350 runners and raised an impressive $29,000 for the Society. It wasn’t the first time that Marc Hébert, a member of the Bromont Ultra organizing committee, had gotten involved for ALS. “I first heard about the ALS Society of Quebec six years ago, under very sad circumstances when my good friend, Robert Michaud, was diagnosed with ALS. My two Bromont Ultra companions and I wanted to organize charity events to support causes that have very particular needs but that don’t always have enough funding, so that’s why I decided to make the Society my priority.”
Diagnosed with ALS in 2007, Claude Fortin never dreamed that a simple Ice Bucket Challenge issued to his idol, triathlete Pierre Lavoie, would take on such massive proportions. While giving an interview with his wife, Annie, about his disease, Claude Fortin challenged Pierre Lavoie, known for his Grand Défi movement, to pour a bucket of ice water over his head. The triathlete responded to the challenge a few days later and even upped the ante, in true Ironman fashion, by swimming 5 km in the icy waters of the Saguenay River and challenging others to take an ALS Sports Challenge. “I know Claude Fortin well. He’s a source of inspiration to a lot of people. Taking up his challenge was my way of honouring the man himself and the athlete he once was,” said Lavoie.