MONTREAL, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The 8th Annual Walk for ALS will take
place tomorrow at Parc Maisonneuve. Since it's inception in 2000, the event
has grown to include four walks under its banner, and has aimed at achieving
two main goals: first, to build awareness of ALS, and second, to raise funds
to promote research and maintain the quality of services offered by the ALS
Society of Québec to its members.
More notably known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral
Sclerosis) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that attacks the body's
nerve cells, and is fatal within an average of two to five years. Each year,
hundreds of people affected by ALS - patients, families, friends - have joined
together to raise funds in support of the ALS Society of Quebec.
Everyone is welcome to come out and walk, run, or roll with us on
Saturday, September 20th, 2008 at 10h30 (registration starts at 8h30) at
Maisonneuve Park. Over 700 participants are expected to attend, including
Allana and Vincent Damphousse, official spokespersons for the ALS Society of
Québec, Tony Proudfoot, and several current players from the Montréal
Alouettes including Brian Chiu, Paul lambert, Scott Flory, Dave Mudge, Jeff
Perrett, Luke Fritz, Ben Cahoon, Randee Drew & Davis Sachez.
To make a donation or register in order to walk, run, or roll for, with,
or in memory of those who have been affected by ALS, participants can go
online at www.sla-quebec.ca, or call (514) 725-2653 for information.
ALS attacks the body's motor neurons, and is fatal within an average of
three to five years. As motor neurons are destroyed, persons with ALS lose
their ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe without affecting their
intellectual capacity. They become prisoners within their own bodies.
ABOUT THE ALS SOCIETY OF QUEBEC
The ALS Society of Quebec is a non-profit community organization whose
mission is dedicated to the improvement of living conditions for people
suffering from ALS and the support of their family members. Promoting and
subsidizing medical research and advancing research on the causes, treatment,
and cure of ALS are also integral parts of the mission of the Society, which
survives on donations and on proceeds from various fundraising events.
For further information:
For further information: Claudine Cook, Executive Director, ALS Society
of Quebec, (514) 725-2653, (514) 285-0540 (mobile), email@example.com