ALS is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die. The disease wreaks a devastating effect on patients as well as their families.
ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and rarely does it affect the mind. The equipment costs for each patient average $137,000, while nursing and home care costs can be up to 10 times this amount. The ALS Society of BC raises funds for both research and to provide direct services and support to those currently living with ALS.
Because someone ran, walked, golfed, made a donation and supported the ALS Society of BC, we were lucky to have been assisted and supported throughout Reuben's journey with ALS. We were loaned different types of equipment and assisted with transportation for his regular visits to the ALS team at G.F. Strong.
I would like to extend a most sincere thank you to sponsors Spring Honda, organizers Christie Kennedy, Rhiannon Chippet, Tegan Murley-Bova and Charlotte Spring, volunteers and each and every person who participated in the Spring Honda Fun Run & Walk for ALS on Sunday. You have made a difference to an ALS patient and their family.
In loving memory of Reuben Penner
April 21, 1940 - May 12, 2009