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. 80% of people with ALS die within two to five years of diagnosis – unable to breathe or swallow.
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.
The ALS Society depends on and is so appreciate of the generosity of family, friends, and others in the community who year after year host 3rd party fundraising events to help families living with ALS.
The proceeds from these events are vital in helping our 50+ families in Nova Scotia going through their ALS journey.
Our clients range in age from 36 – 85. We usually have a number of families with children living at home. Proceeds from these events help with our equipment loan program so we can decrease the burden of the caregivers, help the individual with ALS cope with the daily challenges of decreased mobility and independence, and ease the emotional strain of finding money to rent or purchase expensive equipment.