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More than 200 cyclists will ride to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the Centre-du-Québec and Mauricie regions
Montreal, July 3rd 2019 – From August 23rd to the 25th, more than 200 cyclists and volunteers will be joining the 12th edition of the Ride to Fight ALS powered by TELUS Health, the only annual cycling event in support of the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec. Participants of all ages and backgrounds will travel the roads of Centre-du-Québec hoping to end ALS.
The participants will be cycling from one to three days, riding 70 to 120 km per day with the goal of collecting $250,000 to fund programs and services offered to families touched by ALS, in addition to research on this terminal disease. “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 2,3 millions dollars, which makes the non profit organization very proud.
In addition to funding cutting-edge Canadian ALS research projects, the Ride to Fight ALS directly contributes to offering support to Quebec families struggling with ALS. For Trois-Rivières couple Angèle Doucet and her husband Pierre, who was diagnosed with ALS 9 years ago, the services provided by the ALS Society of Quebec in combination with the healthcare system are essential. Since Pierre’s diagnosis in 2011, the pair benefits from financial, psychosocial and technical aid, therefore making their day-to-day lives a little less difficult. “The impact of all the ALS Society of Quebec’s services on our quality of life is massive. The contact with other members of the Society who are now our friends and the fact that we know there’s a whole support system and people with an attentive ear behind us helps us to keep our hopes up and stay positive.” says Mrs Doucet.
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 will take place from August 23rd to 25th at L’Auberge Godefroy;
- 200 cyclists and volunteers will gather together at the event.
- Saturday August 25th, a wellness day open to everybody will take place at the Auberge Godefroy in support of the ALS Society of Quebec. Participants will benefit 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 includes three options: a one, two and three-day cycling challenge. Participants will ride 70 to 120km per day;
Ride to Fight ALS schedule
|Friday :||Start location : Complexe Laviolette ( 2203 Boulevard des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 1V1
Registration : 7H30 to 8H30
Start : 9H30
|Saturday :||Start location : Auberge Godefroy (17575 Boul Bécancour, Bécancour, QC G9H 1A5)
Breakfast and information : 7H30 to 8H30
Start : 9H
|Sunday||Start location : Auberge Godefroy (17575 Boul Bécancour, Bécancour, QC G9H 1A5)
Breakfast and information : 7H to 9H
Start : 10H
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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