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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PowerSource 2014: Making a Difference for Families and Friends Living with ALS

In our Spring Newsletter, we share your stories, update you on ALS research and tell you about our upcoming fundraising events. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted their stories and helped put the newsletter together.

The ALS Canada Team.


April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, and ALS Canada would like to both congratulate and celebrate with our volunteers. 

We cannot thank you enough for:

Your Valuable Time, Your Advocacy, Your Smiles, Your Enthusiasm, Enduring your Paper Cuts, Your Positive Attitude, Your Effort, Your Governance, Your Listening, Your Ideas, Your Dedication, Your Fearlessness, Your Fundraising, Your Wisdom, Your Caring, Your Patience, Delivering the message about ALS and Your Endurance

Volunteer Profile

Melanie York: Changing Perceptions and Breaking down Barriers

Melanie York is an advocate. For the past four years, she has been a voice of reckon for ALS Canada voluntarily spearheading active roles as a board member, contributor to the marketing communications working group, member of the ALS Canada Scientific Medical Advisory Council and as the brave chairperson to the ALS support groups at Sunnybrook hospital. 

The 2014 Bombardier Plane Pull for ALS Canada is a show of human strength – the physical strength of the participants and the mental and spiritual strength of the individuals who fight every day with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Don’t miss out on this unique fundraising event!

When a family member was diagnosed with ALS, Randy Carlyle joined forces with ALS Canada to raise awareness and funds for education, equipment and research to find a cure. As the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Randy knows the importance of teamwork. A community that works collaboratively and is united towards achieving one goal makes a winning combination to fight against ALS.

An exclusive look at ALS Canada's PSA with Toronto Maple Leafs Coach Randy Carlyle. 

ALS Canada’s annual WALK for ALS is our largest event that happens because of the strength, determination, courage and perseverance of communities across Canada. The WALKs are our platform to raise awareness with a unified vision: to support families, friends and neighbours living with ALS.