ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed.

Every day two or three Canadians die of the disease.

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Our hearts are heavy as we say good-bye to Mauril Bélanger, MP for Ottawa-Vanier. Diagnosed with ALS in late 2015, he partnered with the ALS Societies across Canada and took on the role of National Honorary Spokesperson for the 2016 WALK for ALS.

Classification: Volunteer Position, 8 to 15 hours per week – flexible during office hours, 3 months with potential for extension

Location: ALS Canada is moving its office to Toronto’s downtown core in late October 2016:

Classification: Full-Time, Permanent

Location: ALS Canada is moving offices in late October 2016 to Toronto’s downtown core. This role will be based there. Interviews will take place at our current office location in Markham (3000 Steeles Avenue East).

Classification: Part-time, Permanent

Location: ALS Canada is moving its office to the downtown core in the late fall of 2016. 

“Every August until a cure. Because we have to.”

These words from Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Pat Quinn speak to the importance of raising money for ALS research. As we approach the second anniversary of the Ice Bucket Challenge, we are already seeing its impact: last week, researchers who were funded through Ice Bucket Challenge donations announced that the gene NEK1 has been found to play a role in the development of ALS.

July 28, 2016 – Earlier this week researchers announced that the gene NEK1 has been found to play a significant role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This landmark discovery is the result of an 11-country research collaboration that was funded through the Ice Bucket Challenge. The research team included 3 Canadians, one of whom was directly funded by the ALS Society of Canada for their work during this discovery.