The Langley Christian School community raised more than $9,000 at its Walk to End ALS on Wednesday, May 16. (ALS Society photo)

Sea of purple showed support for Langley school’s ALS fundraiser

Students and staff were inspired to fundraise by the plight of a teacher living with ALS.

Wednesday wasn’t the first time students and staff at Langley Christian School laced up to do a BC Walk to End ALS.

The school community started hosting walks three years ago when ALS hit close to home. Teacher Dave Alexander is living with the neurological disease.

The funds raised have gone to the ALS Society of BC.

“With the proceeds from the BBQ still to be reconciled, the students raised over $9,170,” said Wendy Toyer, the ALS executive director.

The ALS Society of BC congratulates the coordinators, teacher Jon Mayan and student Abby Miller, for kicking off the season with an excellent event, she added.

The Walk to End ALS is the largest volunteer-led fundraiser for ALS Societies across Canada. Family-friendly and fun, it unites Canadians in their desire to put an end to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This event shows support for the 3,000 Canadians and their families living with the disease; 400 of which are living in British Columbia.

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. ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind.

Proceeds from the Walk to End ALS are used in two ways: 60 per cent supports direct services for people living with ALS and their families provided by the ALS Society of BC, while 60 per cent supports ongoing ALS research, through the ALS Canada Research Program.

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The Langley Christian School community raised more than $9,000 at its Walk to End ALS on Wednesday, May 16. (ALS Society photo)

The Langley Christian School community raised more than $9,000 at its Walk to End ALS on Wednesday, May 16. (ALS Society photo)

The Langley Christian School community raised more than $9,000 at its Walk to End ALS on Wednesday, May 16. (ALS Society photo)

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