Most people diagnosed with ALS lose the ability to use their legs in the
first two years of the disease..."What would YOU do, while you still
CALGARY, June 10 /CNW/ - Betty's Run for ALS is holding its 13th Annual
Run and Walk on Sunday June 14th at North Glenmore Park.
Betty's Run has steadily grown to become one of the largest ALS
fundraisers in Canada. In the summer of 2008, Betty's Run for ALS celebrated
its 12th anniversary, tipping the event's cumulative total to over $3,000,000!
Over the years, Betty's Run has proudly been a point of convergence for
Calgarians to join with Calgary's corporate community in battling ALS and its
Barry Varga, a local Calgarian, husband and father who was diagnosed in
April 2008 with a form of ALS called Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA) joins
us as our ALS Ambassador for the 2009 Betty's Run for ALS.
Wendy Crewson, Canadian actor and Gemini winner for her role as Sue
Rodriguez in the movie "At the End of the Day", joins us once again as Patron.
Wendy first joined our Run in 1999 and continues to be supportive of our
What: Betty's Run for ALS - 13th Annual Run and Walk
5 mile run, 5 km walk
Who: 1300+ Calgarians, Barry Varga, Wendy Crewson, Emcee Ian White,
Calgary Fiddlers, Bow Valley Fiddlers.
When: Sunday June 14th 2009
Registration: 9 AM
Kick Off: 10 AM
Estimated End: 12 PM
Where: North Glenmore Park Rowing and Canoe Club
6449 Crowchild Trail SW
More about ALS:
ALS (Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis) is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
It is a rapidly degenerative, always fatal neuromuscular disease. It attacks
the nerves that the body would normally use to send messages from the brain to
the muscle, resulting in weakness and wasting. Eventually, the individual with
ALS is left completely immobilized, with loss of speech and eventually an
inability to swallow and breathe.
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For further information: Media contact: Lindsay Schalin, (403) 999-9718,