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24 July 2012 - 01:25 PM
This upcoming month myself as well as my teammates are entering a paintball fundraising tournament. It's a really cool event where paintball players can come together and have some fun while raising money for a good cause at the same time. Teams raise money for the ALS society of Alberta and ALS Society of Canada as entry, and my team is attempting to raise over $500 by the date of the tournament (August 26th). We still have a ways to go, but are confident we can do it! It is a great event, last year we were able to fundraise about $400-$500 locally by collecting empty bottles and donations locally.
This year, the ability to donate online has been added! So, if anyone would like to donate towards a great cause as well as support an amazing paintball event, you can donate here:
Even the smallest donation is greatly appreciated.
Here is some more information on ALS for those interested:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, after the famous American baseball player who died of ALS in 1941. ALS is a progressive and ultimately fatal neuromuscular disease. It causes nerve cells to degenerate. These nerve cells control movement by sending electrical impulses to the muscles. When the motor neurons degenerate, the muscles weaken, resulting in paralysis. ALS is a progressive, fatal, neuromuscular disease, which has no known cause, cure or drug therapy of consequence. Individuals who are diagnosed with ALS do not typically survive beyond 3-5 years. This devastating disease slowly robs the individual of the ability to walk, talk, and ultimately, to breathe.
Below are facts about ALS:
* Two to three Canadians a day die of ALS
* Approximately 3,000 Canadians currently live with ALS
* In at least 90% of cases, ALS strikes individuals with no family history of the disease
* Between 5-10% have a familial form of ALS, so 2 or more of their family members have it.
* ALS can strike anyone, regardless of age, sex or ethnic origin
* The usual age of onset is between 55 and 65, but some have been younger than 20
* Nearly 90% of people with ALS died within 5 years of diagnosis. While some live longer, others die within a few short months
* ALS affects the whole family
* ALS is a costly disease - emotionally, physically, and financially.
For more information on ALS please visit www.als.ca.
QuoteMy mother passed away from ALS and I wanted to do something to help find a cure and help others who are living with the disease. I have done the walk in the past but I wanted to do something different, and from that the ALS Curenament was born. This is a third part event with support from ALS Canada and ALS Alberta.
As far as the event goes, it is a 5v5 PSP/hopperball race-to format. It is taking place at Paintball Action Games in Edmonton, Alberta. There will be players from the NHL team Edmonton Oilers participating as well as Edmonton Impact players reffing. It looks like it is going to be much larger than last year, and I am looking forward to it! If anyone is in the Edmonton area be sure to come and play some ball for a good cause!
(If anyone has questions about the event, feel free to post here!)
TL;DR: Donate to ALS Canada here: http://my.e2rm.com/p...ationID=1480664