Pacific Blue Cross supports golfers of BC as they tee off for ALS Society

Monday, Jun 24, 2024

Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation is proud to once again sponsor the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS, taking place at participating courses across the province. 

Throughout June, over 40 clubs across British Columbia (BC) have hosted the equivalent of a golfing marathon, with PGA of BC professionals hitting the green from sunrise to sunset.

The Golfathon is all in support of ALS Society of British Columbia, a non-profit organization committed to curing ALS by funding research, while supporting and advocating for those living with the disease and their families.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease, is a disease that progressively paralyzes the body because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles. Over time, a person with ALS will gradually lose the ability to walk, talk, eat and eventually breath.

There is currently no cure for ALS. While it is life-limiting, some people will live for years with the disease, making access to the right support and care essential. It is estimated that around 450 people are living with ALS in BC.

Supporting British Columbians with ALS

Over the last 18 years, the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS has raised nearly $3 million for ALS Society of BC. Support equipment for people living with ALS costs an average of $160,000, meaning that the Golfathon fundraising efforts have made a significant impact in growing the ALS Society Equipment Loan Program. The program provides people with essential items such as mobility aids (walkers, wheelchairs, ramps), adapted beds and mattresses and bathroom assistance.

The Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation, which supports non-profits working to improve health and wellbeing for British Columbians, will be proudly supporting the Golfathon once again this year. The Health Foundation has committed $100,000 over five years to support the campaign.

“The ALS Society of BC and the thousands of patients, caregivers, family and friends who are affected by ALS in BC and the Yukon are extremely grateful for our partnership with the Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation,” says Donald Miyazaki, Executive Director of ALS Society of BC.

“The partnership is truly making a difference in bettering lives, and we look forward to working together as we move towards finding a cure for ALS.”

The ALS Society of BC says that there is reason to be optimistic about the future, with significant medical advances on the horizon. With help from our local communities, we can ensure that those living with the disease can experience the best quality of life possible.

If you'd like to contribute towards equipment for people living with ALS, you can make a donation towards the Golfathon. Any amount you feel able to give could make a significant change for someone living with ALS. You can find more ways to support the ALS Society of BC here