by Chloë Bellande – mtltimes.ca
A.L.S., 3 little letters that everyone has become familiar with since the Ice Bucket Challenge became a trend and went viral on the social medias. As millions of people worldwide participated in joining the fight against the Lou Gehrig’s disease, the Ice Bucket Challengers raised more than 1,5M$ in Quebec only since August, an outstanding amount for the ALS Society of Quebec.
On Saturday September 20, 2014, hundreds of people showed up at the Park Maisonneuve for the 14th annual walk for ALS in Montreal. Donors and sponsors came to support the cause, as well as leading researchers from the Neurological Institute and Hospital in Montreal and other Universities, and David Taylor, PhD (Director of Research at ALS Canada).
The Montreal Alouettes team players were in attendance, wearing Team Proudfoot T-shirts to honor Tony Proudfoot, Grey cup champion football player who died from the disease in 2010. Fans volunteered to do the Ice Bucket Challenge with the football players, dumping water and ice on their heads to support the cause. “Today, you have the opportunity to give back and to be a part of something that is very special to us, because Tony touched us in so many different ways and on so many different levels”, said coach Higgins, as the players proudly stood before the audience’s eyes. “For your participation today, the only thing that could be said is thank you. Continue the fight, and let’s see if one day we can eradicate ALS.”
Claudine Cook, Executive Director at the ALS Society of Quebec also thanked Alain Bérard, team captain of the top fundraisers Les Marchands de Sourire who raised over $25K. Carlos Botelho came in 2nd place as his Team Superhero raised over $10K. The team members came to the walk wearing Superhero T-shirts that he provided them, to celebrate his 10th year diagnosis anniversary. In honor of his contribution, the Heroes of Hope showed up to surprise Carlos, and snap pictures with the walkers, getting ready to hit the road.
How do you become an ALS Superhero? Easy.
Donate, volunteer and help raise funds to ALS Quebec: alsquebec.ca
Heroes of Hope Facebook page: facebook.com/Herosdelespoir