June is ALS awareness month

The month of June 2020 has been proclaimed by the Province of B.C. as ALS Awareness Month.

On Monday night and tonight (Tuesday) B.C. landmark buildings will light up in the ALS colour purple to show support for people living with ALS.

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BC Landmarks Supporting ALS Awareness Month to date are:

·       Science World, Vancouver

·       Harbour Centre, Vancouver

·       Tower 1 & 2, Bentall Centre, Vancouver

·       TELUS Garden, Vancouver

·       Mr. PG, Prince George

·       Parliament Buildings, Victoria (Ceremonial entrance & front fountain)

·       Kelowna General Hospital (Skywalk & main lobby)

·       Spirit of Sail, Kelowna

·       Roundabout structures, Sicamous

·       Northern Lights Display at BC Place, Vancouver

·       Canada Place Sails of Light, Vancouver

·       Tower 1 & 2, Bentall Centre, Vancouver

·       TELUS Garden, Vancouver

Other events taking place in support of ALS:

·       Virtual Walk to End ALS – the Walk is the largest fundraiser held each year to support people living with ALS in BC & the Yukon and the Canadian ALS Research Program. Join in on Saturday, June 20, the day before Global ALS Awareness Day. Visit www.walktoendals.ca for more details.

·       PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS – During the month of June, PGA of BC golf professionals will golf from sunrise to sunset, in support of people living with ALS in BC. For every dollar donated, the ALS Society of BC is entered into a draw to win $20,000 through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! For more information, visit www.golfathonforals.com.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal and rapidly progressive neuromuscular disease, which robs a person of their ability to speak, walk, eat or breathe – trapping an active mind in a deteriorating, immobilized body. There is no known cause or cure for ALS, yet.

At any given time, more than 400 British Columbians are living with ALS and more than 3,000 in Canada.

The ALS Society of British Columbia is dedicated to providing direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best life possible while living with ALS. Through supporting research, we are dedicated to finding the cause of, and cure for ALS.

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