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Siobhán’s Team Fighting ALS

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Siobhan's Team: Janice, Adrienne, Paul, Morgan, Isy
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Nov 5, 2011 8:00 AM
Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope
My Message
As a family we will run to raise funds for the ALS Society of Canada in support of our step-daughter/sister/aunt who has recently been diagnosed with ALS---her name is Siobhán. On November 5th & 6th, 2011, in the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope, Morgan (10 years) and Isabel (6 years) will run the 1K Kids, Paul and Janice will participate in the 5K Run/Walk, and Adrienne will run the Half Marathon.

This past summer, Siobhán gave birth to a baby boy, celebrated her daughter’s 2nd birthday, her eldest son’s 20th birthday, her wedding anniversary ---- and she was tragically diagnosed with ALS at the age of 39. We run for her, we run for her family, and we run to raise funds for the ALS Society of Canada which provides support for those devastated by ALS.

ALS is a physically & emotionally debilitating disease for all those involved (below are the facts about ALS). The financial burden for the family can also be overwhelming. Support from the ALS Society of Canada is critical as it provides much needed services such as: equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, breathing aids, hydraulic lifts, communication devices, bathroom aids) and support programs for peers, family, and caregivers.

Please donate to Siobhán’s Team Fighting ALS. Even the smallest donation is a precious gift.

Many thanks,
Janice Rock, Paul, Adrienne, Morgan & Isabel Sinden

Here are the facts about ALS:

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.



My Donors


The Mortensen's 

Dianne Kitagawa 

Sarah Morgan 

Karen Doughan 

Shirley Wiggans 

Shaun Britt 

Amanda Ritchie 


Ross and Ani Rock 


Julie & Kevin Watson 

Karmen Bleile 

The Marshalls 

Chris Connell 

Robert & Ellenore Sinden 

Uno Leis 

La Société Franco-Canadienne de Calgary  

Christina Drotar 


Karen Winegard 

Irene and John Emig 

Mike & Kim Kavander 

Erika Marsh 

Marie Zehr  



Jessica Nicholl 

Glenna Ciraolo 

John Moroz 

Jenn Tomasone 

Christine Hunter 

Michael Hughes & Rosemary Attard  


Jayne Butler 

Dianne M Burley 

Gordon Self 

Ruth Friendship-Keller 

Julianna Rock 

Matthew Smith 

Lyne Emond 

Jill Hand 



Bev Bourque 

Susan Brioux 

Anne Monahan 

Steve Pilibbossian 

Tiqva Baron 

Jennifer Deighton 

Diana Pinkney 

Dave and Kath Virgin 

For more information about our event, please call or email us.