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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2019 Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club


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.

Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club

On June 27th, Lee Alarie and Jason Jurimae started their Golfathon at 5:15AM. During the day there were six hours of delays, as three lightning storms passed through the golf course. The duo took cover around 4:20PM when it began hailing (pictured on the right). The pair ended their day at 8:10PM, about 25 minutes after lightning struck 100 yards away from them. Despite the weather, the pair was able to golf a total of 188 holes.

“This is mine and Jason’s 6th year doing the Golfathon together,” said Lee Alarie, PGA of Canada Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club. “We are pleased and honoured to participate in the Golfathon for ALS. Thank you to the members of Gallagher’s Canyon for their donations and continued support. We wouldn’t be able to do it without them. Fingers crossed for better weather next year!”

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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