June is ALS Awareness Month in B.C., and Mr. PG is one of 10 landmarks in the province turning purple to raise awareness for the disease.
From May 31 to June 7, Mr. PG will be illuminated with purple lights as part of the BC Lights Up to Support ALS campaign, according to information released by the ALS Society of B.C.
Other B.C. landmarks taking part in the campaign include BC Place, Bloedel Conservatory, Sail of Lights – Canada Place, Science World, Vancouver City Hall, Burrard Street Bridge and the Lafarge Lake Fountain in the Lower Mainland. The Spirit of Sail Sculpture in Kelowna and The Bastion in Nanaimo are also taking part.
Also in June, the Move to Cure ALS fundraiser for the ALS Society of B.C. will be happening in Prince George on June 26 at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
Residents can register starting at 10 a.m. to walk, run, cycle, skateboard, scooter or otherwise get moving to help support ALS patients in B.C. and the Yukon, and support research through Project Hope.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease, according to the ALS Society of B.C.
“It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die,” a statement issued by the society on Wednesday said. “ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind.”