Funds raised through Canada's largest charity hockey tournament support leading research to prevent and cure Alzheimer's disease, and to optimize diagnoses and treatment for individuals in the community and across Quebec
MONTREAL, Oct. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - The Pro-Am for Alzheimer's benefiting the Jewish General Hospital announces Guy Carbonneau, Paul Coffey, Denis Savard, Shayne Corson and Chris Nilan to be among the lineup of NHL alumni who are set to participate in the inaugural tournament next June. Funds raised through Canada's largest charity hockey tournament support leading research to prevent and cure Alzheimer's disease, and to optimize diagnoses and treatment for individuals in the community and across Quebec.
"We are thrilled to have legendary players participate in our inaugural Pro-Am for Alzheimer's benefiting the Jewish General Hospital and we are honoured and inspired by their commitment in supporting this crucial cause," said Myer Bick, President and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.
"125,000 Quebecers and 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer's or a related disease. The Jewish General Hospital is a leader in Dementia research and care and has the strongest and most active Geriatric medicine department in any Quebec hospital. Funds raised through the Pro-Am are put to use immediately to attract and retain world-leading doctors, scientists and researchers to the JGH to implement the most promising research and treatments for Alzheimer's disease," Bick added.
The Pro-Am for Alzheimer's is a two-day tournament which offers everyday hockey fans and hundreds of participants the opportunity to lace up their skates and team up with some of hockey's greatest players. The team draft and round-robin tournament draws legendary NHL alumni along with hockey enthusiasts of all skill levels.
"Fortunately, there is no history of the disease in my family, but through the Pro-Am I've learned that it can happen to anyone," said Rich Parry, a participant from Thornhill, Ontario.
"I have participated in the Toronto Pro-Am for the past six years and I know our fundraising dollars are making a meaningful impact in the lives of those currently battling the disease and in improving Alzheimer's care for future generations. I look forward to this event every year, and as a huge Montreal Canadiens fan, I am thrilled that the Pro-Am has expanded to Montreal," Parry added.
The Pro-Am for Alzheimer's will begin June 2, 2016 at the Montreal Forum, with a draft night in which the top fundraising teams receive first pick of NHL alumni to join their team. The two-day hockey tournament will be held June 3-4 at Les 4 Glaces, Brossard, where participants will play three round-robin games. Additionally, the two highest fundraising teams will compete in the Championship Game and the top 20 individual fundraisers and alumni will play in the All Star Game.
"We invite everyone to join us in June and encourage everyone to register today by visiting www.alzheimersproam.ca or by calling 1-844-33-PROAM," Bick added.
To register, donate or request information about the Pro Am for Alzheimer's visit www.alzheimersproam.ca or call 1-844-33-PROAM (1-844-337-7626).
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