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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2018 The Vancouver Golf Club


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 18th, 2018, Mike Heenan, Dean Kuntz, Bob McCusker and Grant Gray golfed to honour the memory of their friend and brother, Don McCusker who passed away from ALS on May 7th, 2016 at the age of 42.  Don was an avid golfer, member of The Vancouver Golf Club, and a  passionate supporter of the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS.  He was a director on the board of the ALS Society of BC.  The group started their day of golf at 6:30AM and finished at 9:30PM golfing 78 holes each.  This included 28 Birdies.

“It was the hottest day of the year.  We had a great time and are proud to have surpassed our goal of $15,000 again this year;” Mike Heenan, PGA of Canada, Associate Golf Professional.


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.


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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