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Kelowna landmark to be lit up in purple, Move to Cure ALS taking place in June

A number of landmarks in BC, including the Kelowna Sails, will be illuminated in purple in June for ALS Awareness Month.

Throughout the month, iconic landmarks across the Province will be lit up in purple, representing support for those living with ALS.

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This initiative, spearheaded by the ALS Society of BC, aims to increase understanding, foster compassion, and inspire action towards finding a cure for this devastating disease.

ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease that affects approximately 3,000 Canadians, leading to the loss of the ability to move, speak, and breathe.

With a life expectancy of two to five years, post-diagnosis for most patients, the emotional, financial, and psychological toll on individuals and their families is profound.

"The illuminations serve as a powerful symbol of solidarity with the ALS community," said Rena Mendoza, Manager of Donor Relations and Finance of the ALS Society of BC. "We hope that as people see these landmarks bathed in purple, they will be reminded of the urgent need to support ALS research and patient care."

In addition to the landmark illuminations, the ALS Society of BC is hosting several fundraising events throughout the month, including the Move to Cure ALS and the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS.

Move to Cure ALS in Kelowna takes place on June 9, 2024 at City Park Jubilee Grandstand. Registration starts at 10 am, and the event kicks off at 11 am. It is a family and pet friendly event!

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For the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS, golf professionals across BC will participate in marathon golf sessions to raise money and awareness for ALS. For a list of participating courses, click here.

These events provide critical funding for research and support services that improve the quality of life of ALS patients and their families.

If you're interested in learning more about ALS Awareness Month activities and events and how you can contribute, please visit the ALS Society of BC website.

Even if you can't attend the events, you can still make a difference by donating if you can do so or sharing the campaign with your family, friends, and social media channels.

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