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Balfour Pro tees it up in ALS Golfathon

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
June 18th, 2018

Craig Wilkinson at Balfour Golf Course is back to help with the fight against ALS.

Wilkinson, head pro at Balfour Golf Course, is going to golf as many holes as possible on Monday, June 25, to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC.

The Balfour Golf Course is one of over 30 golf courses located across BC participating in the 13th Annual PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS.

“On behalf of the Association, I am extremely proud of the PGA of BC’s involvement with the Golfathon for ALS, benefiting the ALS Society of BC patient services,” says Donald Miyazaki, Executive Director of the PGA of BC.

“Throughout our twelve years of participation, the efforts of countless Golf Professionals and Volunteers have helped raise over $1.4 million. The program has assisted tens of thousands of individuals throughout British Columbia affected by this deadly disease. I am confident that with the continued support of our members, 2018 will be yet another successful PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS.”

Every year Wilkinsonlooks forward to being part of the ALS challenge.

“The support that we as an association are able to provide to individuals and families in British Columbia who suffer with ALS is something that we all should be very proud of,” Wilkinsonsaid after the 2017 event.

“I very much look forward to 2018 which will mark my 10th year as a participant and supporter of this great cause.”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically, the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.

Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide crucial support services to ALS patients and their families, friends, and caregivers.

In 2017, Wilkinson golfed 200 holes in the sunrise to sunset fundraiser to support of those living with ALS, playing for 11 hours, 27 minutes, and 26 seconds to achieve the mark.

Wilkinson began the day at 6 a.m., finished with six round scores of 69, 70, 73, 74, 68, 68 along with 46 birdies.

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