Meet my 7-year old buddy Braedon. His Grandpa Doug was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) about 5 years ago…life expectancy after diagnosis is between 3-5 years. Every year, Braedon walks with Team Iron Horse in the London ALS Walk which is coming up at Springbank Gardens September 27th. (You can donate to his team here http://bit.ly/1ppi7x3)
Unfortunately, I know about this disease from a friend of mine who lost her husband to ALS a couple of years ago. The speed at which this neurological degenerative disease takes over your body makes the situation even more tragic. There is no known cause, and currently no cure. There isn’t a lot we can do right now other than make someone with ALS as comfortable as possible while their bodies shut down and help spread awareness and raise money.
You’ve seen the hashtag #IceBucketChallenge online…if you’re not up to speed, the viral campaign started in Boston as athletes were raising awareness & money for ALS in support of a former college baseball captain, Pete Frates, who is now unable to speak and must use a wheelchair. The campaign has been grabbing the attention of many pro-athletes (see below).
According to the Huff Post:
“Press reports have spiked 1,000 per cent during the last 10 days. ALS is the most common cause of neurological death in Canada, according to ALS.ca, and approximately 2,500 to 3,000 Canadians are currently living with the disease.”
From Yahoo Sports:
“The ALS Association’s national president, Barbara Newhouse, said donations to the national office surged during the 10-day period that ended Thursday, to about $160,000, from $14,480 during the same period a year ago. That’s not counting donations to chapter offices around the country, Newhouse said.”
Do we DARE get this challenge going here at FM96? Ok…I’ll start.
Here are some athlete’s having some fun with the challenge:
Former Toronto Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin challenge…their former bosses! Leafs GM Dave Nonis & Coach Randy Carlyle: