Team ALS Canada has signed up again in the Charity Challenge for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) to raise funds to support people living with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and ALS research to discover a treatment and an eventual cure for the disease.
Last year, thanks to you, Team ALS Canada raised more than $23,000 through the STWM. And this year, we're aiming higher, with the goal to raise $50,000. We know we can do it with your help.
All participants who join Team ALS Canada and fundraise for ALS will receive a free “Team ALS Canada” T-shirt and an ALS Canada bracelet. Raise a minimum of $350.00 for ALS Canada and you are eligible to receive the reimbursement of your entry fee.
Lace up your running shoes and bring along a friend or family member and run for the cause. Each step makes a difference in helping us fight this devastating disease.
“I'm still struggling with the profound implications of what this disease will do to me and my wife and two teenage kids. The prospect of what awaits me as the illness takes hold is terrifying. Our lives are being torn apart, and to add to the emotional burden we also face significant care expenses that are not covered by the medical system that we have come to rely on.” — Brian Parsons, diagnosed with ALS in May 2013
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease. People living with the disease become progressively paralyzed due to degeneration of the upper and lower motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Eighty per cent of people with ALS die within two to five years of diagnosis — unable to breathe or swallow. Ten per cent of those affected may live for 10 years or longer.
According to the World Health Organization, neurodegenerative diseases are predicted to surpass cancer as the second leading cause of death in Canada by 2040.
ALS has no known cure or effective treatment yet. For every person diagnosed with ALS, a person living with ALS dies. Approximately 2,500 – 3,000 Canadians currently live with this fatal disease.