In memory of Kathleen McAllister, Ken & Andrew Messner
My name is Shannon McAllister and together with my family we are raising money for the 2019 West Kootenay Walk to End ALS in honour of our mother, Kathleen McAllister, who passed away in November 2009. We are also walking in memory of our uncle Ken and our grandfather Andrew, both of whom also had ALS.
Kathleen was the light of our worlds and everyone who knew her called her a friend. She touched so many lives with her kindess, generosity, caring, thoughtfulness, laughter, and love. She was a fantastic mother, wife, sister, auntie, friend, coach, nurse, volunteer, and so many other things. She had a twinkle in her eye and joy in her heart. We miss her every day but her spirit is in each of us. My father Richard, my brothers Russell and Matthew, my sister Heather, and I, all hold her in our hearts.
ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disease with no known cure, cause or effective treatment. The WALK to End ALS supports provincial ALS societies and their client service programs to help people living with ALS and their families, as well as the ALS Society of Canada’s investment in breakthrough research, the hope for an effective treatment, and a cure.
The walk is Sunday June 2nd at 11:00am at Lakeside Rotary Park in Nelson BC and we would appreciate anything you can give (money, your blessings, your participation this Sunday at the walk).
Your support (in any form) means more to my family and I than words can say.
Shannon McAllister & Family
The WALK to End ALS is the largest volunteer led fundraiser for ALS across the country. The WALK to End ALS is about local communities coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for a future without ALS. Funds received support our vision: supporting Canadians living with ALS and investing in research to make ALS a treatable, not terminal disease.
Please help us end ALS by signing up for the WALK or making a donation.
On behalf, of the ALS Society of BC board, staff, volunteers, ALS patients and their families, we thank you for your support!
Here are some additional ALS facts:
* Two to three Canadians die of ALS each day
* Approximately 3,000 Canadians currently live with ALS
* In at least 90% of cases, ALS strikes individuals with no family history of the disease
* Between 5-10% have a familial form of ALS, devastating families for generations
* ALS can strike anyone, regardless of age, sex or ethnic origin
* While the usual age of onset is between 55 and 65, many younger people, often parents, are afflicted
* Nearly 90% of people with ALS died within 5 years of diagnosis. While some live longer, others die within a few short months
* ALS affects the whole family
* ALS is a costly disease - emotionally, physically, and financially.
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