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Golf pros chip in for ALS group

Wendy Toyer (left), executive director of the ALS Society of B.C., drops by the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club to thank Myles Johnson, associate professional, for his efforts in the PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS, along with Jan Dion, from the pro shop. - Photo submitted
Wendy Toyer (left), executive director of the ALS Society of B.C., drops by the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club to thank Myles Johnson, associate professional, for his efforts in the PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS, along with Jan Dion, from the pro shop.
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A couple of local pros have chipped in their support for ALS.

Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club associate professional Myles Johnson recently took part in the PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS.

“Myles was joined by colleague Jesse Crowe, of the Salmon Arm Golf Club, and golfed from sunrise to sunset, plating a staggering 200 holes of golf each,” said Wendy Toyer, executive director of the ALS Society of B.C. “Myles shot 47 birdies and two eagles during the marathon day of golf. Jan Dion in the pro shop chipped in encouraging support for the pair.”

Collectively, they raised $2,960 for ALS.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of B.C.

“On behalf of the association, I am extremely excited for the PGA of B.C.’s ninth year of participation with Golfathon for ALS, benefiting the ALS Society of B.C. patient services,” said Donald Miyazaki, executive director of the PGA of B.C.

“In our eight years of involvement, the efforts of our members have generated over $869,000. We have also assisted the over 2,800 individuals in B.C. who are fighting this deadly disease. I am confident that with the continued support of our members, 2014 will be the year where the program will eclipse the $1 million mark.”

Proceeds from the PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS provide important support services to ALS patients and research to find a cure.

Donations can still be made on behalf of Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club and Salmon Arm Golf Course in person at the pro shop or online at www.golfathonforals.ca

 

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