Talking about ALS with friends and family poses special challenges for caregivers

Caring for a loved one with ALS can bring out some of the best qualities in a person ‒ commitment, compassion, and resilience among them. At the same time, it is a stressful, emotionally draining, and sometimes overwhelming role. Being a caregiver to someone with ALS means new responsibilities and considerations as well as unexpected […]

A Giving Tuesday story of mental resilience and creative expression

When someone receives an ALS diagnosis, the first thought is often about the impending loss of function; for example, the progressive inability to walk, talk, eat and swallow. But the reality of this unforgiving disease can also result in emotional challenges, too. This is something Barry Law knows all too well. When Barry was diagnosed […]

Can a promising drug combination address one of the most defining biological characteristics of ALS?

All cells in our bodies make proteins, but sometimes they make mistakes, resulting in proteins that have the wrong shape. In a healthy body, protective mechanisms within the cells deal with the misshapen proteins so they don’t cause trouble, but when those mechanisms fail, the defective proteins can accumulate in clumps, making it difficult for […]

ALS Canada awards $3 million for 12 new research projects to help make amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) a treatable, not terminal disease

TORONTO, November 22, 2017 – Today, the ALS Society of Canada announced 12 exciting new research projects being funded in 2017 through the ALS Canada Research Program, which is supported by ALS Societies across Canada. The research being funded includes a multi-year study of a promising drug combination, three trainee grants that will help to […]

Communicating an ALS diagnosis

There is no easy way to tell family and friends you have been diagnosed with ALS. And there is no right or wrong way, either. Individual personalities, family circumstances, and the degree to which the symptoms are visible can all play a role in when, how, and with whom to share the news. Lianne Johnston […]

Holiday gift ideas

What do you give someone living with ALS to show you care? There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ gift that works for everyone, but there are special ways to say “I am thinking of you.” The holiday season can be a perfect time to do just that. We recognize that it’s not always easy to know how to […]

New Board appointments in 2017/18

According to Imagine Canada, a non-profit organization focused on strengthening the charitable sector, charitable and non-profit organizations have a responsibility to be well-governed. This is a responsibility that ALS Canada takes seriously, and that is reflected in the skills and experience of our volunteer Board of Directors, which welcomed a new Chair in April 2017 […]

ALS Research Update, November 2017

ALS research is at a time of unprecedented advancement. New information on genes linked to ALS and the downstream effects of mutations in these genes has helped researchers to develop a so-called ‘roadmap’ of biological pathways that are important in ALS and to gain a better understanding of this complex disease. With new advancements being […]