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The equipment loan program contributes significantly to my quality of life and I am deeply grateful for it. As a way of giving back to the society, my family and I have been regular attendees at the Walk to End ALS each summer. This past summer my wife raised $5,600 for the society. Not a lot when you consider the cost of a fully-customized power wheelchair but, multiplied many times over by individuals, families and corporations nationwide, these gifts make a huge difference.

What is ALS or Lou Gehrig Disease?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body.   When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die.

ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind. Each patient’s equipment cost is an average of $140,000, while nursing and home care costs can be up to 10 times this amount.

The ALS Society of BC is dedicated to providing direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with ALS.   We are committed to finding the cause of and cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) through supporting research.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, the ALS Society of BC participates in the annual #GivingTuesday campaign, a global day of giving back.It is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

As a participating charity of #GivingTuesday, the ALS Society of BC is requesting your support to raise its 2021 annual budget of $955,000 for the ALS BC Equipment Loan Program.

To donate visit  www.alsbc.ca  or call 1-800-708-3228

This story was provided by the ALS Society of BC for promotional purposes.

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