Last year my father, Greg Smith, was diagnosed with ALS. There is no cure for ALS. Rather than sitting back and remaining idle, I took it upon myself to make a difference. That sounds cliché, but having someone so close to me directly affected by this illness has opened my eyes to the mental and physical challenges faced by those diagnosed.
“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal disease that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles.”
Most people recognize the disease from the “ice bucket challenge” from 2014; a viral movement which brought tons of awareness and donations to the cause. Through the creation of the Sea to Sky ALS Rally, I hope to build a community that will continue to support and participate in this event annually. My goal is to continue the expansion of awareness for ALS as started by the infamous ice bucket challenge. All proceeds of the event will go directly towards the construction of the new ALS Center Of Excellence in UBC. With your support I believe we can make a difference for those diagnosed in the future.