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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2018 The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort

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 July 16th, 2018; Cailean Hourigan, Justin Ford, Dylan Cheyne, Chris Currie, Alexa Matthews & Bill Stafford golfed in support of those living with ALS. They golfed from 6:00AM – 5:00PM.

They each golfed 100 holes which included 8 Eagles and 86 Birdies.

“For me, this event is very special as I was introduced to it while working in a variety of administrative roles while working at the PGA of BC about eight years ago.  Little did I know that shortly thereafter my father would be diagnosed, bravely battle, and then eventually succumb to this brutal disease. 

I’m honoured the PGA of BC members here at Bear Mountain allow me to join them to participate in memory of my dad…who introduced me to this amazing game of golf…and of course all the support from Bear Mountain Ownership, management, associates, members, and friends. 

All of their support keeps me energized (and I’m sure my fellow golfathoners)…to keep moving throughout the day and the fundraising totals that continue to increase annually is also very encouraging.  I do hope eventually we can participate in a Golfathon for another cause when a cure for ALS is announced.” – Chris Currie, Golf Sales Manager

In photo: From Left – Justin Ford (PGA of BC), Dylan Cheyne (PGA of BC), Cailean Hourigan (PGA of BC), Alexa Matthews, Bill Stafford, Chris Currie, & Dan Matthews (Bear Mountain Owner and Supporter).


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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