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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2019 Surrey Golf Course

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.

Surrey Golf Club

On June 30th, Mark Gamache and Derek Whipple began their Golfathon at 6:50AM. Throughout the day, the duo collectively golfed 108 holes and finished at 8:50PM.

“I’m happy to be a part of the ALS Golfathon again,” said Derek Whipple, Product Specialist at Titleist. “This is the Surrey Golf Clubs first year doing it, and I’m happy to bring Mark and the Surrey Golf Club on to help raise funds and awareness.”

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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