Welcome to the ALS Canada blog where you’ll find a collection of articles and updates on ALS-related topics. We strive to develop content that our community will find valuable and deliver up-to-date information about ALS research, community-based support, and advocacy initiatives. We also provide Ontario fundraising event updates and share personal stories about people and families living with ALS in Ontario to keep our community connected. For content in French, please refer to the “Français” category in the main menu.

Music and resiliency: lessons from my father


Talking about his dad’s ALS diagnosis, Connor Stratton, 17, says, “It’s a hard thing to understand at times, but it’s good to try to look at the bright side because my dad still has his spirits up. He’s still happy...

Posted in: WALK for ALS

Reinforcing spiritual values through community connection


Since receiving his ALS diagnosis in February 2018, Mark Ianniello's life has changed in profound ways. He is a 49-year-old father to three teenagers and can no longer work to help support his family. ALS has affected his speech and...

Posted in: Advocacy

Offsetting the loneliness and isolation of an ALS diagnosis with love and support


For the past 40 years, Dale Hodgins has been saving lives as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter in Kingston, Ontario. In December 2018, he was diagnosed with ALS – a disease he was already familiar with through his work. As...

Posted in: Events, Stories

Can the key to slowing ALS progression be found in the immune cells of the brain?


Microglia are the primary immune cells of the brain and spinal cord. They patrol the central nervous system to track down and dispose of unwanted cellular debris and dead neurons, as well as organisms like bacteria and viruses that pose...

Posted in: Research

Positive and pragmatic – an approach for one family facing the realities of ALS


According to Kevin, there’s one word that sums up ALS: a thief. “ALS is a thief - and a remorseless one at that,” he explains in writing. Now that he can no longer speak, he uses eye gaze technology to type...

Posted in: Advocacy, Events

“Team Ed” a demonstration of love and support at the Walk to End ALS


Entering his 60’s, Ed Parcells was in the best shape of his life. He ran most mornings, cycled 60-100 km a few times a week, and played hockey on a regular basis. At the time, he and his wife Ev...

Posted in: Stories, WALK for ALS