Elizabeth Centre resident raises funds for Sudbury WALK for ALS
Yvon Lepine, a resident at the Elizabeth Centre, made it his mission in the months of May and June to raise funds for the Sudbury WALK for ALS. ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. There is no treatment or cure for ALS yet, and as a fatal disease, 80% people die within 2-5 years of diagnosis. Yvon himself is living with ALS after being diagnosed in 2006.
Yvon set up shop in the home's main foyer to greet staff, families and visitors and provide them with information about ALS, the WALK for ALS (ALS Canada's signature fundraising event), and to ask if they would like to sponsor his Walk. He was determined to reach out to more people, so he also sat outside of the local Metro grocery store to advocate for the cause.
In the end, Yvon raised more than $3,100 and proudly attended the Sudbury WALK for ALS with his son on June 20, 2015. This is the second year he has fundraised for the WALK for ALS, and he also took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014.
One person, who is making a difference in the lives of many others affected by ALS. Way to go Yvon!