The Walk to End ALS in North Bay will take place on this Sunday, June 16, helping to raise money for important research and to support those who face the incurable challenges of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
“ALS is a disease with a debilitating effect not only for the person with the disease but for the family as well – and there is no cure,” says Mary Anne Walsh, Regional Manager, North East Ontario, ALS Canada. “The Walk to End ALS is our most important fundraiser to help raise much-needed funds for research, community-based support, and equipment for clients, helping to alleviate the burden of this disease.”
Each day two to three people die from ALS, with a similar number diagnosed – meaning that at any one time, approximately 3,000 Canadians are living with ALS. And once diagnosed, the cost of the disease to the average family is between $150,000 to $250,000 – an amount that can include the expense of specialized equipment to help people maintain their mobility as the disease progresses, as well as lost income while family members take leave from their employment to care for their loved one.
The Walk to End ALS is the largest volunteer-led fundraiser for ALS Societies across Canada.
"Family-friendly and fun, it unites Canadians in their desire to put an end to ALS. Proceeds from the Walk to End ALS in North Bay enable ALS Canada to provide services and support for people living with ALS in Ontario and to fund Canadian research with the greatest potential to a future without ALS," says a news release from the organization.
This year, approximately 150 Walk participants in North Bay have a $25,000 fundraising goal. Last year, more than $4 million was raised nationally.
The Walk to End ALS in North Bay will feature family-fun activities including a barbecue, live music and a number of kid-friendly activities.
Details for the Walk to End ALS North Bay are:
Location: North Bay’s Waterfront Park - Kiwanis Band Shell, 221 Memorial Drive, North Bay.
Time: Registration: 9 a.m. Walk Start: 10 a.m.
Distance: 5km (or a distance of the participant’s choosing)