The virtual Walk to End ALS was a day to remember

I reached out to you on June 1 to invite you to join us in 21 Days to Make a Difference. You embraced the daily activities across social media platforms and openly shared your stories, photos, memories, and experiences. What I saw happen online was a community that came together in anticipation of something big! […]

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 […]

You’re invited to the Walk to End ALS virtual finish line!

This Sunday (June 21) at 11:00am ET, you are invited to join ALS Canada’s Walk to End ALS virtual finish line – our biggest online celebration ever!  What is the virtual finish line? For one hour, we’re taking to the virtual airways for a live-streaming celebration unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. There will be […]

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 […]

Day 8: Get creative!

Haven’t yet decided how you’re going to do the Walk to End ALS in your own way on Sunday, June 21? You need not look further than the Ice Bucket Challenge to know that the ALS community is creative and resilient, so they’ve got you covered! Here are just a few innovative ways our community […]

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 […]

How you can get ready for ALS Awareness Month

The countdown is on! ALS Awareness Month kicks off June 1 and this year it’s all about bringing us together online so that we can continue to build community and create visibility, even while we distance physically. Because even though the world is different right now, one thing hasn’t changed – WHY you want to […]

Meet Steven, aka Superman, Batman, or the Hulk

Steven Gallagher knows what he’ll be doing on June 21 this year – but the big question is whether he’ll be doing it as Superman, Batman, the Hulk or another superhero. Marvel or DC Comics? Gallagher doesn’t discriminate – he just knows that superheroes are a powerful and inspiring embodiment of what he’s facing right […]

Your Walk, your way: Getting ready for June 21

UPDATE: Starting June 3, we will be hosting Live Well Wednesdays, special mini events via livestream where you can learn a new skill, have fun with your family, and connect with the ALS community: June 3: Yoga for all ages & stages June 10: Cooking Class June 17: Art class: DIY Walk t-shirts During each […]

Walking to increase funding for ALS research

The Walk to End ALS events that take place across the province, throughout the year, mean different things to different people, but there is a common thread of support, community and knowing you’re not alone on this journey. James Young, a 42-year-old father of two young boys, considers himself one of the lucky ones. Diagnosed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coach Sunshine’s ‘never quit attitude’ can help change the future of ALS

At the rink where he has coached boys’ ice hockey for more than 10 years, Adam Welburn-Ross, 43, is fondly known as “Coach Sunshine.” He wears his positivity as a badge of honour and now that he is living with ALS, his disposition is helping everyone around him appreciate every precious moment of the day. […]

Community spirit ignites passion to increase ALS awareness

An active mother of three young children, Stephanie Christiansen Hall wants people to know she has ALS – but she wants everyone to know that her disease is only part of her story. Apart from living with ALS, Stephanie is – and has always been – a selfless person with a positive nature, a desire […]

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 around us, and that’s something that reflects on all of us.” Kerry Stratton, a well-known […]

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 his mobility. Mark admits to having ups and downs. Despite the challenges, he says ALS […]

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 far back as the 80s and 90s, Dale remembers driving people living with ALS home […]

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 messages with his eyes – his only method of communicating. “The sooner we can arrest […]

“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 had sold their house and were looking forward to travelling and enjoying their retirement together. […]

Walk to End ALS fundraiser inspired by the hope of future treatments

When Mike Rannie first noticed a problem in his right hand in October 2016, he assumed it had something to do with the arthritis he had been living with for 14 years. In fact, the lack of mobility was an early symptom of ALS. After a series of tests and consultations with neurologists, Mike received […]