Dr. Alain Bouthillier will ascend Mt. McKinley to raise funds for
MONTREAL, May 12 /CNW/ - Dr. Alain Bouthillier, a Montreal-based
neurosurgeon, is set to climb North America's highest summit and the
"world's coldest mountain" to raise funds for epilepsy research and
increase awareness about the disorder. On May 21, Dr. Bouthillier will
begin his ascent of Alaska's Mount McKinley on behalf of the Canadian
League Against Epilepsy (CLAE) and the approximately 300,000 Canadians
living with this common neurological disorder.
The veteran mountain climber is expected to reach the summit in
approximately two weeks, depending on weather conditions, and return to
Canada by June 12, 2011.
"Through his ascension of this formidable peak, Dr. Bouthillier is
sending a clear message to Canadians that through research, the often
daunting challenges faced by those living with epilepsy can be
surmounted," said Dr. Sharon Whiting, president of the CLAE. "The
epilepsy community admires his courage and commitment, and will be
following him closely on his journey."
Driven by his dedication to epilepsy, coupled with his enthusiasm for
extreme adventures, this will be Dr. Bouthillier's second mountain
ascent with the same philanthropic focus. His goal this year is to
raise $100,000 which the CLEA will award to the two most promising
epilepsy research projects in Canada. The public is invited to follow
Dr. Bouthillier's blog and support his efforts by donating to CLAE
through its web site at http://claegroup.org/html/en/mount_mckinley.html.
"Thankfully, I'm not alone in this project. My colleagues, family and
friends and companies like UCB Canada have already contributed to the
cause," said Dr. Bouthillier, neurosurgeon, CHUM. "I believe in the
power of medical research and the possibility of discovering new
treatments to improve the quality of life for people living with
epilepsy. That's what motivates me!"
The Canadian League Against Epilepsy, the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance and
the CHUM are some of the groups supporting Dr. Bouthillier in this
undertaking for epilepsy research, along with UCB Canada Inc. as the
leading corporate sponsor of this ascension.
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects approximately
300,000 people in Canada and 50 million people worldwide. Despite its
prevalence, epilepsy isn't well-understood and people living with the
disorder continue to face social stigma and discrimination. Epilepsy is
caused by abnormal, excessive electrical discharges of the nerve cells,
or neurons, in the brain. Epilepsy is characterized by a tendency to
have recurrent seizures and defined by two or more unprovoked seizures.
A person that has a seizure may experience an alteration in behaviour,
consciousness, movement, perception and/or sensation. Approximately 30
per cent of people living with epilepsy experience uncontrolled
seizures, highlighting the need for new treatment options.
The Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE) is an organization of
medical and scientific professionals with over 125 members, including
neurologists, neurosurgeons, scientific researchers, nurses,
neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, students and other healthcare
professionals. Its primary goal is to develop, through research,
innovative therapeutic and preventative strategies to avoid the
consequences of epilepsy. In collaboration with the Canadian Epilepsy
Alliance (CEA), the CLAE works to promote national awareness and
educate all Canadians about epilepsy and its consequences. For more
information, visit www.clae.org.
About Mount McKinley
Mount McKinley, also called Denali which means "the high one" in the
local language, is North America's highest summit located in the heart
of Alaska. It rises to 20,320 feet, or 6,194 metres above sea level.
Known as the coldest mountain in the world, its altitude, extreme
climate and geographic location close to the Arctic, makes it one of
the most difficult peaks to climb. Of the 1,500 ascent attempts per
year, only about half are successful.
SOURCE Canadian League Against Epilepsy
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