ALS fundraiser set to take place in Hamilton

June 3, 2017 by  

The 2017 Hamilton ‘Walk for ALS’ fundraiser will be held this month

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a terminal illness that results in progressive paralysis. Approximately three people are diagnosed with the disease every day in Canada. The average life span after diagnosis is two to five years.

The goal of the upcoming five kilometre walk is to raise $110,000 in support of research for treatments for ALS, and to assist those suffering from the fatal disease. The average cost of treatment born by sufferers is $150,000 to $250,000.

The objective of the ALS Society of Canada is to make ALS a treatable condition, rather than a terminal illness.

Hamilton and surrounding area residents wishing to show their support may do so by working individually, or by forming their own team with their family and friends. Brochures providing information about ALS may help boost fundraising efforts, by providing facts about the disease.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the event are also welcome. The company’s graphic design will appear on the ALS website as a corporate sponsor. More information can be found at the Ontario ALS Society website.

This years’ fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 17. The walk will be at the Hamilton Bay Front Park, located at 200 Harbour Front Drive. For more information or to register, contact Anne-Ellice Pascoe by calling 905-299-5651 or emailing anneellicepascoe@gmail.com.