June is ALS Awareness Month – 2024

Unite for ALS: Together We Can Make a Difference

#ALSAwarenessMonth

ALS Awareness Month

June 2024 is ALS Awareness Month in Canada, a time dedicated to raising awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This devastating disease affects approximately 3,000 Canadians and their families. ALS is a relentlessly progressive motor neuron disease that leads to the loss of the ability to move, speak, and breathe. Approximately four out of five people with ALS die within two to five years of diagnosis. The emotional, financial, and psychological impact on patients and their families is immense (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2023).

The ALS Society of British Columbia is proud to join the national effort to increase understanding, foster compassion, and inspire action towards finding a cure for ALS. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families with ALS. We provide essential services and support, advocate for better care and resources, and fund vital research to uncover treatments and ultimately find a cure for this devastating disease.

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Move to Cure ALS

This the signature fundraising event for our Society. People come together to “Move,” be it by walking, running, rolling, supporting or being present.

PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS

Golf professionals play from sunrise to sunset to raise funds for the Society’s Patient Service Programs.

50/50 Raffle Fundraiser

Support ALS & PLS patients in BC & Yukon by purchasing raffle tickets for only $5 each with no limits!

How You Can Help

There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference during ALS Awareness Month:

Spread Awareness: Share information about ALS on social media, in your community, and among your network. Use #ALSAwarenessMonth and #ALSBC to join the conversation and raise visibility.

Fundraising: Organize a fundraising event or participate in one of our existing campaigns to help raise funds for ALS research, support services, and advocacy efforts.

Volunteer: Become a volunteer and contribute your time and skills to support ALS patients and their families. Every contribution makes a meaningful impact, from providing companionship to assisting with fundraising events.

Advocate: Advocate for policies and initiatives that improve access to ALS care, treatments, and support services. Your voice can make a difference in those affected by ALS.

Donate: Consider donating to the ALS Society of British Columbia to support our programs and services. Your generosity enables us to continue our vital work in the ALS community.

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BC Illuminates in Purple

DATELANDMARKCITY
June 1 & 2Bloedel ConversatoryVancouver
June 1Canada Place Sails of LightVancouver
June 1Lafarge Lake – FountainCoquitlam
June 1Light Columns – Guildford Way & Pinetree WayCoquitlam
June 1 & 2Parksville Civic & Technolgy CentreParksville
June 1Science WorldVancouver
June 1 & 2The BastionNanaimo
June 2BC Place Northern Lights DisplayVancouver
June 2BC Parliament BuildingsVictoria
June 2Vancouver Convention CentreVancouver
June 2YVR Tower ControlRichmond

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References:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research. (2023, June 1). Message from the Minister of Health – ALS Awareness Month. Canada.ca. https://www.canada.ca/en/institutes-health-research/news/2023/06/message-from-the-minister-of-health–als-awareness-month.html