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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2019 Fernie Golf Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      

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.

Fernie Golf Club

On July 2nd, Kenny Maki started his one man Golfathon at 6:30AM. Throughout the day he golfed a total of 126 holes, which included nine birdies. During Maki’s last round he was drenched by a downpour of rain, and ended his day at 7:30PM.

“I enjoy participating in the Golfathon for ALS annually,” said Kenny Maki, PGA of Canada Associate Golf Professional at Fernie Golf Club. “It is a wonderful way to give back and to learn some more about this illness. I am aware of the impact that ALS can have on friends and family and hope to do whatever I can to aid them. I would like to thank everyone who made donations, the PGA of BC for getting me involved, and all of the other professionals in BC for donating their time to this cause.”

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.

Please Donate.  www.golfathonforals.com

CONTACT           

Wendy Toyer
Executive Director, ALS Society of BC
W.toyer@alsbc.ca
1.800.708.3228 (ext. 222) CELL 778-999-6257

Donald Miyazaki
Executive Director, PGA of BC
Donald@pgabc.org
1.800.667.4653

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 $140,000 per patient; nursing and/or home care costs are up to 10 times that amount.

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