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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ALS Canada and Brain Canada award $4.5 million in research funding; nearly $20 million invested in ALS research in Canada since 2014’s Ice Bucket Challenge

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Dr. Jeehye Park, Dr. Veronique Belzil, and Dr. Kessen Patten

Three young investigators are pursuing ALS research thanks to funds raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge and matched by Brain Canada with financial support from Health Canada

The generosity of Canadians has helped three early-career researchers to make ALS the focus of their work in the country’s labs and academic institutions. The research funding, which totals more than $1 million, has been awarded through the ALS Canada Research Program and Brain Canada as a result of money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge.

WALK for ALS early results: $3.9 million (and counting!) raised nationwide

Throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2016, Canadians showed they care about beating ALS, the devastating neuromuscular disease that gradually paralyzes people and takes away their ability to move, talk, swallow, eat and eventually breathe.

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.

“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.