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PGA British Columbia

2019 Quilchena Golf & Country 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.

Quilchena Golf & Country Club

On June 3rd, Victor Vianzon, John Vu, Jay Zhang, and Nancy Chow began their Golfathon at 7:15AM. Throughout the day they golfed 369 holes altogether. Victor played until 12:45PM while John, Jay and Nancy finished at 6:00PM. Prior to the Golfathon, donations were collected online throughout the month of May and into June. On the day of the Golfathon, they had two volunteers, Jim Gordon and Brian Oseki, who helped them throughout the event.

“I started doing the Golfathon in 2008, and ever since then I participate each year,” said Victor Vianzon, PGA of Canada Head Professional at Quilchena Golf & Country Club. “Although the holes I golf are a little less and less each year, from 99 holes to 90 holes, 90 to 80 holes, and so forth, I look forward to this every year. It’s fun; I’m happy to help, and it’s for a great 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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