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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2019 Cowichan Golf Course


During the month of June, golf professionals will golf from sunrise to sunset to support those living with ALS. To raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC, they will golf as many holes as possible.

Cowichan Golf Course

On June 14th, Norm Jackson and Gianpierro (GP) Denomme held their Golfathon from 5:30AM to 3:00PM. Together, the duo golfed 180 holes which included nine birdies. Denomme also golfed an additional nine holes for The Walk “9” to End ALS, which began shortly at 3:30PM. In total, the pair golfed 189 holes by the end of the day.

“To have young GP play with me is heartwarming,” said Norm Jackson, PGA Head Professional at Cowichan Golf Course. “It was only thirteen years ago that I played my first game with him, before his father passed away from ALS. To see GP in all of what he’s done… It’s just amazing to see youth doing good things and giving back to the community.”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.

Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide crucial support services to ALS patients and their families, friends, and caregivers.

Help support your local golf professionals to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC.

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Wendy Toyer
Executive Director, ALS Society of BC
[email protected]
1.800.708.3228 (ext. 222) CELL 778-999-6257

Donald Miyazaki
Executive Director, PGA of BC
[email protected]

ALS can hit anyone, at any time, regardless of age, gender or ethnic origin. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years. Support equipment costs an average of $160,000.00 per patient; nursing and/or home care costs are up to 10 times that amount.

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