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Posted: June 11, 2018

Two local golf courses swinging for ALS

During the month of June, golf professionals around B.C. will golf from sunrise to sunset to support those living with ALS.

Two East Kootenay courses are taking part in the fundraiser: Copper Point Golf Club in Invermere and St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino at ?aqam, near Cranbrook.

On June 19, Scott McClain, Brian Schaal, Dennis Bradley and Kevin Bennett of the Copper Point Golf Club in Invermere will golf as many holes as possible to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC. The Copper Point Golf Club is one of over 30 golf courses located across B.C. participating in the 13th Annual PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS.

And on June 28, Cindy Soukoroff, Chris Medford and Conor Carnall of the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino in Cranbrook will golf as many holes as possible to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC.

“On behalf of the Association, I am extremely proud of the PGA of BC’s involvement with the Golfathon for ALS, benefiting the ALS Society of BC patient services,” said Donald Miyazaki, Executive Director of the PGA of BC. “Throughout our 12 years of participation, the efforts of countless golf professionals and volunteers have helped raise over $1.4 million. The program has assisted tens of thousands of individuals throughout British Columbia affected by this deadly disease. I am confident that with the continued support of our members, 2018 will be yet another successful PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS.”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS ), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal  neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.

Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide crucial support services to ALS patients and their families, friends, and caregivers.

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