Montreal, August 28th, 2019 – From August 23rd to 25th, more than 200 cyclists and volunteers gathered at Auberge Godefroy in Bécancour for the 12th edition of the Ride to Fight ALS powered by TELUS Health, the only annual cycling event supporting the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec. Thanks to this event that took place in the Maurice and Centre-du-Québec regions, more than $310,000 was raised to provide psychosocial, technical and financial support to families touched by ALS, in addition to funding research on this incurable disease.
Cyclists from all across the province rallied and cycled from one to three days on a distance of 70 to 120km per day with the goal of collecting $250,000 with the hopes of fighting ALS, a disease with a two to five year life expectancy after the diagnosis. “Every year, people from all across the province who are touched by ALS and are hopeful that we’ll put and end to this disease gather at the Ride to Fight ALS. Thanks to this convivial and emotional event, the Society can continue to provide personalized services to families touched by ALS” claims Claudine Cook, executive director of the ALS Society of Quebec. Since its creation in 2008, the Ride to Fight ALS raised 2,6 millions dollars, which makes the non profit organization very proud.
ALS by the numbers
- More commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that attacks the body’s nerve cells, and is usually fatal within five years;
- People living with ALS gradually lose their ability to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. They become prisoners within their own bodies, without losing their intellectual faculties;
- In Canada, 2,500 to 3,000 people are living with ALS, including 600 in Quebec;
- For every new ALS diagnosis, 1 person dies of ALS;
- ALS can affect anyone: 90% of cases are random and 10% of cases are hereditary.
A few facts about the Ride to Fight ALS powered by TELUS Health
- Open to all levels of cyclists, the 12th edition of the Ride to Fight ALS took place from August 23rd to 25th at L’Auberge Godefroy;
- 200 cyclists and volunteers gathered at the event.
- Saturday August 25th, a wellness day open to everybody took place at the Auberge Godefroy in support of the ALS Society of Quebec. Participants benefited from a yoga session with Claudia Gomez from Yoga 3, access to L’Auberge Godefroy’s Espace Aqua-Détente, and a peaceful walk along the Parc écologique Godefroy.
- The Ride to fight ALS 2019 included three options: a one, two and three-day cycling challenge. Participants rode 70 to 120km per day;
About the ALS Society of Quebec
The ALS Society of Quebec is the only non profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of Quebecers touched by ALS and their families by:
- Offering programs and services for people living with ALS, their caregiver and healthcare professionals;
- Funding and promoting cutting-edge research projects in Canada;
- Raising awareness with the general public and government officials.
For more information: als-quebec.ca
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Claudine Cook, Executive Director, ALS Society of Quebec
1 877 725-7725, ext.: 101 (office) | 514-285-0540 (mobile) | [email protected]
Roxanne Goulet, Communications Coordinator, ALS Society of Quebec
1 877 725-7725, ext.: 102 | [email protected]
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