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Heather's Walkers
Amount Raised
$24,040.00
Fundraising Goal $22,000.00

Our Message

In 2018, we lost our beautiful mother, Heather Walker, to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).  ALS is a rapid, always fatal, neurodegenerative disease. It attacks the nerves of the body that would normally send messages from the brain to the muscle, resulting in weakness and wasting. Eventually, the individual with ALS is left completely immobilized, with loss of speech and an inability to swallow and breathe. There is no known cause or cure for this devastating disease.

This year, we are showing our support in honour and in loving memory of Heather for the ALS Society of Alberta by participating in the 22nd annual Betty's Run for ALS.  We hope you will too.  You can donate to our page and/or choose to participate along with us. Sixty per cent of funds raised remain in Alberta for client support services, including the Equipment Loan Program, home visits, information, referrals, support groups, and support for youth through the Support for Champions program. The remaining 40 per cent are invested into the most promising ALS research in Canada.

Throughout this difficult journey, we were so impressed by the care and support Mom (Heather) received from the medical and professional staff at the Calgary ALS Clinic, and the staff and volunteers of the ALS Society of Alberta who supported all of us along the way.  This disease is debilitating and patient care often involves significant equipment and support. The ALS Society of Alberta was there with Mom and Dad (and all of us) every step of the way.  The Society's mission is to help make each day the best possible day for people living with and affected by ALS. We certainly saw this mission in action. Through the Society we participated in support groups and they supplied medical equipment to support Mom and help her live her life (canes, wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, stair-lifts, etc.). This is an organization that truly helps people and makes a difference every day. 

ALS Facts:

• ALS can strike anyone, at any time, regardless of race, gender or age.

• The usual age of onset is 55-65, but people under 20 have been diagnosed.

• Approximately 2,500 - 3,000 Canadians currently live with ALS.

• In at least 90 per cent of cases, it strikes people with no family history of the disease.

• Eighty per cent of people with ALS die within five years of diagnosis.

• A person with ALS can require equipment and care valued at more than $240,000.

• The cause is unknown. There is no known cure or treatment that prolongs life significantly - yet..

For more information about ALS please visit www.alsab.ca.

Event Date
Jun 9, 2019 9:00 AM
Location Name
North Glenmore Park
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Our Team

Our Supporters (28)

Mary Lou Flood left a message
Jun 8, 2019 8:44 PM
Hope the sun shines on Heather's Walkers
Mary Lou Flood donated $50.00
Jun 8, 2019 8:43 PM
Louise Redmond left a message
Jun 7, 2019 6:46 PM
Sorry to be unable to join you in the walk this year but I will be thinking of you all and remembering wonderful Heather.
Louise Redmond donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 7, 2019 6:41 PM
The Crowe Family left a message
Jun 7, 2019 3:07 PM
Go Team Go!
The Crowe Family donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 7, 2019 3:06 PM
Barb and Dave Driftmier donated $50.00
Jun 6, 2019 11:44 PM
Larry L donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 5, 2019 5:12 PM
Cathi Nelson donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 3, 2019 11:11 AM
Cathi Nelson left a message
Jun 3, 2019 11:03 AM
What a nice way to remember Heather
Clare Hooper donated an undisclosed amount
May 31, 2019 10:16 PM
Pam Forgie-Thomson donated an undisclosed amount
May 31, 2019 7:11 PM
Miller Family left a message
May 31, 2019 1:30 PM
Hope you have a great day for the walk. Sorry we can't join you but we'll be thinking of you all.
Neil, Pam, Ryan & Paige Miller donated an undisclosed amount
May 31, 2019 1:29 PM
Carly, Ben, Amelia, and Simon Seligman donated an undisclosed amount
May 31, 2019 7:57 AM
Lyla Wall donated an undisclosed amount
May 28, 2019 5:28 PM
Heather Dumka left a message
May 25, 2019 9:52 PM
Wish I could be with you for the walk!
Heather Dumka donated $50.00
May 25, 2019 9:51 PM
Ann Brownlee donated an undisclosed amount
May 19, 2019 12:34 PM
Ann and John Brownlee left a message
May 19, 2019 12:26 PM
With fond memories of a wonderful woman
Anne Haywood donated an undisclosed amount
May 19, 2019 11:05 AM
Heather Walker donated $50.00
May 19, 2019 12:39 AM
Ginny and Nik Binder donated $100.00
May 18, 2019 12:18 PM
Joan Buck left a message
May 17, 2019 4:02 PM
How I wish it was possible for me to join you all on the walk. I will be thinking of you.
Joan Buck left a message
May 17, 2019 4:01 PM
How I wish I was able to join you all. Best wishes.
Joan Buck donated $50.00
May 17, 2019 3:59 PM
Lynn McKeown donated an undisclosed amount
May 17, 2019 2:07 PM
Cathy & Jim donated an undisclosed amount
May 3, 2019 7:23 PM