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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2018 Balfour Golf Course

Wendy Toyer, Executive Director ALS Society of BC, Craig Wilkinson, and ALS patient Gord Shannon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                

During the month of June, PGA of BC golf professionals located at courses throughout BC will golf from sunrise to sunset to support those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

On June 25th, 2018; Head Golf Professional Craig Wilkinson golfed in support of those living with ALS.  He began golfing at 6:45AM after a 45 minute thunder storm and played for exactly 11 hours and 8 minutes!

He golfed 180 holes which included 37 Birdies and 1 Eagle. In total, he raised $2,460 for the ALS Society of BC.

“I’d like to commend the PGA of BC and the ALS Society of BC for their continued partnership and for providing PGA of BC members with an opportunity give back to this very worthy cause.  Although my day started with a serious thunder and lightning show, I was able to get out on the course under favourable conditions and managed to play reasonably well until fatigue set in.  I’d like to thank everyone who supported me again this year and give special recognition to Dave Simpson, Colin Newland and Bernie Wilkinson for their help with fore caddying during the day.” – Craig Wilkinson


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.


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 B.C.
[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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