During the month of June, golf professionals will swing the sticks from sunrise to sunset to support those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), attempting to play as many holes as possible to raise awareness and funds.
The Kamloops Golf and Country Club will participate on June 13, with general manager Alec Hubert taking to the links. Dan Latin, Rick Shick, Brian Wornstaff, Brett Greenman and Dakota Nettles will take part at Mount Paul Golf Course on June 25.
ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects a person’s motor neurons, which carry messages to the muscles, resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere.
The person is typically immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis.
There is no known cause or cure.
Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide support services to ALS patients and their families, friends and caregivers.
“Throughout our 13 years of participation, the efforts of countless golf professionals and volunteers have helped raise over $1.6 million,” said Donald Miyazaki, executive director of the PGA of BC.
“The program has assisted tens of thousands of individuals.”