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.

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, Walk To End ALS

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

“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

Partnering with the ALS community on a new assessment tool


When someone has a disease, like ALS, their quality of life is affected in many different ways as the disease progresses. “Quality of life can mean many different things to different people. For some, it means functional abilities, like walking...

Posted in: Research

Augie’s Quest and ALS Research in Canada

Orangetheory Fitness Canada dedicates fundraising campaign to ALS research


For the second year in a row, Orangetheory Fitness is giving its members (and the community) a way for you to make an impact while getting in a good workout. It’s a win-win! On May 1, 2019, Orangetheory Fitness is...

Posted in: Advocacy