Throughout the month of June, golfers across B.C. will golf from sunrise to sunset as part of the Professional Golfer’s Association of British Columbia’s Golfathon for ALS.
ALS, short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder which targets the affected person’s brain cells which carry messages to the body’s muscles. As the disease worsens, the affected person progressively loses control of their muscles.
Typically, ALS patients become immobilized within two to five years of their initial diagnosis. The disease remains without any known causes or cures.
Providing care for ALS patients is expensive and resource-intensive while also being emotionally challenging for everyone involved. Proceeds from the Golfathon are donated to the ALS Society of BC and are used to provide support services to ALS patients and their families, friends and caregivers across the province.
The ALS Society’s mission is to “cure ALS through funding research while advocating for and supporting people living with ALS.” Money raised by the ALS Society for research is used to support PROJECT HOPE at the University of British Columbia.
On Tuesday, June 20, Michael Midyette and Bryan Armstrong will hit the links at the Windermere Valley Golf Course as part of the province-wide golfathon.
The Windermere Valley Golf Course is one of 41 clubs across the province participating in the event. Midyette, Armstrong and the Windermere Valley Golf Course have set their fundraising goal at $5,000.
Donations can be made online at the golfathon’s website. There, members of the community will also be able to see a list of donors at every participating golf course.