3rd Annual Jim Hunter ALS Cycle for a Cure

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3rd Annual Jim Hunter ALS Cycle for a Cure

Time: September 27, 2015 from 8am to 2:30pm
Location: Angus Glen Golf Club
Street: 10080 Kennedy Rd.
City/Town: Markham, Ontario
Website or Map: http://www.alscycleforacure.c…
Event Type: charity, ride
Organized By: ALS Canada
Latest Activity: Sep 27, 2015

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Event Description

It is a great pleasure to bring to your attention a charity ride that is very close to the work that my colleagues here at the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases and myself do in the lab. The Jim Hunter ALS Cycle for a Cure is holding its 3rd Annual ride this year on Sunday September 27th, 2015 starting at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham. The goal of the ride is to help raise awareness and the funds necessary to support research that is crucial to discovering treatments and, importantly, a cure for ALS.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gherig's disease) is a rapid onset adult neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by the death of nerve cells that control muscles, resulting in a loss of mobility, speech, and eventually the ability to breathe. ALS is a terminal disease and there are currently no effective treatment options for patients living with ALS. The lifespan of an individual with ALS is typically 2-5 years from diagnosis, and there are approximately 2500-3000 Canadians currently living with ALS. Researching a cure for ALS is no small undertaking and will require massive collaboration from multiple clinics and labs all around Canada and the rest of the world. Therefore, we must all come together and tackle this disease with team conviction!

The Jim Hunter ALS Cycle for a Cure ride consists of a 20km or 75km (actually) route option. For the past 2 years, I’ve ridden up to the event from the beaches resulting in a 130km total for the day. Thankfully, the event is always well catered by the Angus Glen Golf Club for both breakfast and lunch and so you do not have to worry about the calories burned!

Although there is no obligatory minimum sponsorship required, ALS Canada has asked that all riders set a goal of raising $750 to help raise the funds necessary to make ALS a treatable instead of terminal disease. A great option would be to start a team and raise as much as possible as a group! I have already registered with some of my colleagues under the team name “Wheelie Good Scientists” - no pun intended, of course.

Please visit http://www.alscycleforacure.ca/ to register and/or donate to the ride. Your support, however you are able to do so, would be greatly appreciated.

Lets make the weekend of September 26/27th a charity ride weekend for the club! :)

Thanks a bunch,


Paul

Comment Wall

Comment by Steve J on September 23, 2015 at 7:21pm

I just signed up - better late than never! 

Comment by Christopher Wu on September 23, 2015 at 11:21pm

I'm in. Looking forward to it.

Comment by Paul McKeever on September 24, 2015 at 9:41am

Thanks guys, that's great!

Comment by Rita Masson on September 24, 2015 at 10:50am
I will be there (:
Comment by Mike on September 24, 2015 at 2:28pm

Just signed up.

I'll be there!

Comment by Paul McKeever on September 24, 2015 at 3:25pm

Hey everyone! Super excited to have so much of the BCC's support for this cause. It is truly difficult to raise funds for basic research into the causes of neurodegenerative diseases so that we can design therapeutics to help patients. Thus, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to help out by raising as much as we can as a group! Please let me know how I can help as I'd love to see you guys beat the group's fundraising goal! An option is for those that have registered to donate what you can on your own (I know many of you have done this already) and it would also be great if you could recruit some of your family, friends, colleagues, businesses, etc. to donate! NO amount is too small, we just need to motivate people to give what they can. :) Thanks for listening in and looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Comment by Paul McKeever on September 24, 2015 at 3:31pm

For those interested in riding the 30km up to the event, we'll head up as a group from the Grinder. We will leave at 6:30AM to make it up to the event with enough time to register, have a quick bite to eat, coffee, tea, and enjoy the opening ceremonies. Thus, please arrive at the grinder by 6:25AM so that we can get organized. Thanks and see you there!

Comment by Steve J on September 24, 2015 at 8:26pm

Sounds good Paul - I will ride up too.  See you at the Grinder.

Comment by Ivana on September 25, 2015 at 10:23am

Registered and will meet the group at Grinder.  Looking forward to it!

Comment by Mark Kreckler on September 25, 2015 at 11:36am

Looking forward to it! Great cause :) 

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