Team “Living into a Cure” is keeping hope alive

Charmaine Loverin, who was diagnosed with ALS last year, has stayed positive through tremendous change and upheaval imposed by the disease, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. She left her home and relocated to Belleville to live with her sister, Michelle, who reached out with “open arms.” After the move, Charmaine returned to Toronto on a […]

A Duty to help

ALS shatters dreams no matter when it strikes. For Deane Gorsline, 31, and his wife, Danielle, living with ALS means letting go of a lifetime of dreams. Focusing on the present helps them stay positive, whether it’s enjoying precious time with their new puppy, Trigger, or supporting the ALS community they belong to by joining […]

Resilient spirit sparks desire to live well and to give back

Marla Dahlke says she was like “a deer in the headlights” when doctors told her she had ALS last year. She’s since had time to process that information, adapt to her new reality, and reconnect with her resilient inner voice. “You can only feel sorry for yourself for so long and even you get sick […]

Daughter raises record amount for virtual Walk to End ALS

Jocelyne Gall is doing her best to support her dad, Bill, who was diagnosed with ALS in July 2018. As the only child of divorced parents, she is the only family member attending to her dad’s needs – and with three young children of her own, she has a lot to manage. While her situation […]

Uncharted territory just “part of the journey” for 2020 virtual Walk participants

Even a high level of awareness about ALS cannot fully prepare anyone for what it takes to navigate the changes that occur as the disease progresses. Charlotte and Bob Brethour have faced many difficult hurdles, but they still appreciate every day they share together, “even when the best-laid plans have gone awry,” says Charlotte. “We’re […]

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 […]

Mother and son hold on to precious time left together

Five years ago, when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral in 2014, Mario knew very little about ALS, and had no idea how it would affect his life. Because of a co-worker whose dad was living with ALS, Mario completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. “Once I got tagged in a post there was […]

From the Boston Marathon to the Walk to End ALS

On June 15, Don Doan participated in the Walk to End ALS in Brampton for the fourth time. It’s been three years since he was able to walk the course, but his positive outlook hasn’t changed. There are always people around, including his wife, Pam, to help with his wheelchair. “Generally, it’s a fight over […]

Fighting for more time – to dream, to live, to be with loved ones

Karen Van Luven, 53, and her mom, 84, both get around their apartment using walkers. Karen moved in to her mom’s apartment nine years ago to be her caregiver. Her mom was experiencing mobility issues and could no longer walk without assistance. “Now that I am living with ALS, the roles are a bit reversed,” […]

A shift in perspective over the holidays

James and Madeleine have been married for 55 years. Their shared life together has included three children, six grandchildren, and a beloved cottage that has been in the family for over five decades. ALS has forced the family to make some adjustments. For example, since James was diagnosed with ALS in 2013, he has lost […]

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 […]

Paying it forward to benefit people with ALS in the future

Deirdre O’Connor and her husband, Floyd, became ALS Canada donors 15 years ago. At the time, they had no personal connection to the cause, but they liked the fact that ALS Canada was a small, cost-effective charitable organization without a lot of overhead. Deirdre’s generosity extends to half a dozen or more organizations she supports […]

Honouring Mom this Mother’s Day, and always

For many families, Mother’s Day is a time of celebration and joy. For others, it can be a time of sadness and reflection when there is an empty seat at a once-filled dinner table. For Anna Acheson, Sunday will be the first Mother’s Day she spends without her mother, Margaret. After participating in the 2016 […]

National Family Caregiver Day: A conversation with ALS Caregiver Jonathan Corber

Jonathan Corber is an ALS Canada Ambassador. After his mother, Wendy, was diagnosed with ALS in February 2016, Jonathan became one of her primary caregivers and stayed in this role through to the end of her journey. Jonathan took some time to connect with us recently to share his experience as his mother’s caregiver for […]

The holidays will never be the same for John

Last Christmas I was playing hockey. Now I need help to stand up. John Hamm, diagnosed with ALS in 2014 One of John Hamm’s favourite holiday traditions is playing pond hockey with his three kids. But this year, he won’t be strapping on skates. This holiday season, John’s wife Cathy will bundle him up in […]