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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2023 Iron & Wood Golf Simulators – Victoria’s 24-Hour Golfathon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Victoria, British Columbia – Throughout the province, golf professionals have been participating in the 18th Annual PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS, presented by Pacific Blue Cross. Golfing from sunrise to sunset, they golf as many holes as possible to raise funds and awareness for people living with ALS.

From June 20th to the 21st, golf professionals Derek Orr from Iron & Wood Golf Simulators, Axle Riley & Blake Hamilton from Ardmore Golf Club, Norm Jackson & Gianpierro Denomme from Cowichan Golf Club, Mark Bicknell & Aaron Grice from Gorge Vale Golf Club, Winston Michell from Royal Colwood Golf Club, Ian Stone, Justin Clews & Michelle McCann from Uplands Golf Course, Eric Wang from Victoria Academy of Golf, and Lindsay Bernakevitch from Victoria Golf Club took part in the PGA of BC 24-Hour Golfathon for ALS. They started the day of golf at 2:00 PM on June 20th and golfed until 2:00 PM on June 21st for a collective total of 702 holes. 

Ian Stone and Derek Orr were on site for well over 24 hours straight! 

“We are so proud to support the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS as a group of local facilities and professionals. By combining our efforts through a unique venue at Iron & Wood Golf Simulators, we were able to showcase what makes the Victoria golf community so special by golfing for 24 straight hours! We can’t wait to continue the tradition for the 4th consecutive year in 2024. Hopefully, we have caught up on sleep by then!” – Derek Orr.

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.

 

About ALS BC

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of British Columbia (ALS BC) was founded in 1981 by Dr. Andrew Eisen, ALS patients and family members to meet the physical and emotional needs of people living with ALS and their caregivers. Our mission is to cure ALS through funding research, while advocating for and supporting people living with ALS.

About ALS

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.

For more information, contact:

Wendy Toyer
Executive Director, ALS Society of BC
604-278-2257 Ext. 222
[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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