In the face of ALS, Dad is a hero and community is everything

Kelsey Barker describes her dad, Jeff, as her hero. Diagnosed with ALS in February 2018, he has since lost the use of his right arm and is now having difficulty breathing and walking – but ALS has not changed the person he is. “He lights up a room. He is selfless and courageous. He pushes […]

What’s all this FUS about? A new way of delivering future ALS treatments is off to a good start.

Delivering promising treatments to the brain can be a challenge because our bodies have a specialized barrier, called the blood-brain barrier, that protects it from substances in the bloodstream. For people living with ALS, this means researchers need to develop creative ways to cross this barrier so that potential treatments can be delivered directly to […]

Think you have what it takes to pull a plane?

With the 2019 ALS Canada Plane Pull to End ALS happening this weekend, we connected with returning participants to get the low-down on what this year’s teams should keep in mind as they step onto the tarmac. Preparation Jessica Pellerin is the Communications Officer at PortsToronto. She wants to remind participants to “warm-up, stretch, and […]

Creating with her hands until she no longer can

When Shelly Gregory first noticed her speech was slurred two years ago, she drove herself to the hospital in Belleville thinking she was having a stroke. Eight months later, in May 2018, she learned she had bulbar onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – a form of ALS that first affects people from the neck up. Since […]

Walking to end ALS when ALS runs in the family

It wasn’t until her own diagnosis that Jackie learned ALS can be passed on through generations. Jackie Pasch, 55, was diagnosed with familial ALS almost a year ago. Shortly after, she lost the use of her left arm and developed difficulty breathing necessitating the use of a BiPAP machine at night to help her breathe […]

Finding ways to make a meaningful difference while living with ALS

Until he was diagnosed with ALS in 2016, Alan Medcalf spent his adult life “in love with movement.” He was a snowboarder, cross-country skier, unicyclist, cyclist and competed as a runner, swimmer and triathlete. After a second hip replacement he cycled coast to coast across Canada in 2000 and logged over 100,000 km in the […]