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West Kootenay WALK for ALS a big success

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 13th, 2018

The 17th annual West Kootenay WALK for ALS proved to be a tremedous success as more than 80 walkers raised a total of $25,461 to be used to help fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

The walk was held Sunday, June 3 on the Nelson waterfront.

“The ALS Society of BC congratulates coordinator Gord Shannon (12th time) and his volunteer committee for coordinating the 17th WALK in Nelson, and raising a total of $25,461,” a spokesperson for the provincial body said.

“The funds raised at the WALK for ALS are used in two ways: sixty percent of the proceeds support direct services for people living with ALS and their families provided by the ALS Society of BC, while forty percent supports ongoing ALS research, through the Canadian ALS Research Program.”

About Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die. ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind.

About ALS Society of BC

The ALS Society of BC raises funds for research, and to provide direct support to ALS patients provided by the ALS Society of BC, and their families and caregivers. Until a cure is found, the Society provides patient services to improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with this disease by offering an extensive equipment loan program, support groups, and educational materials.

Photo Caption: West Kootenay WALK for ALS organizer Gord Woodward is flanked by Paul LeBlanc, president of ALSBC and on the left Richard Brenton of Argenta, a fellow patient living with ALS.

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