Throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2016, Canadians showed they care about beating ALS, the devastating neuromuscular disease that gradually paralyzes people and takes away their ability to move, talk, swallow, eat and eventually breathe.

In communities across the country – from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NL, and from Windsor, ON to Whitehorse, YK – thousands of families and friends took part in the WALK for ALS, donning their event T- shirts and collecting pledges to support ALS research nationwide, as well as local services offered provincially. So far $3.9 million has been raised, a number that is continuing to increase as more donations are made. We’re very close to achieving our $4 million goal!

The WALK for ALS is the signature fundraiser for ALS Societies across Canada. Of the proceeds, 40 per cent are invested in ALS research across the country and 60 per cent are directed to provincial services – like equipment assistance, home visits, community referrals and support groups – that help people living with the disease.

We would like to acknowledge the important role that the late Mauril Bélanger, MP for Ottawa-Vanier, played in the WALK. Diagnosed with ALS in late 2015, Mr. Bélanger was the national honorary spokesperson for the 2016 WALK for ALS. He passed away in August 2016. We extend our appreciation to his family for sharing Mauril with us at a challenging time in your lives, and our gratitude for your support.

To the thousands of Canadians who made the WALK successful – whether through raising money, sponsoring a participant, or volunteering – thank you! Your support is helping to improve the lives of people with ALS today and getting us closer to making ALS a treatable disease. Thanks also to our sponsors for your support and community pride!

If you would like to support the WALK for ALS and help to reach our $4 million goal, donations are being accepted until December 31 at www.walkforals.ca.

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