It was a party Sunday morning at the Island Stage Waterfront Park in Kelowna.
People gathered in purple shirts around 10 a.m. June 11 for the annual Move to Cure ALS walk.
Darryl Borsato has been battling ALS for about six years. He participated in the event with a large support system.
“The walk is a really important fundraising tool for ALS BC. It provides a lot of money toward equipment loan programs which is essential for patients like me which are facing this disease every day.”
ALS, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, affects how the brain communicates with the rest of the body and causes paralysis. ALS Canada states 80 per cent of people with the disease die within two to five years of being diagnosed.
Borsato was highlighted as a top donor for the 2023 walk, having raised over $6,000 before the walk began.
The event included a barbecue lunch, silent auction, and a 50/50 draw. The Zamboni Brothers treated the crowd to some live music.
“ALS BC is amazing,” Borsato said. “If you need a piece of equipment they have it there within 48 hours. They are so on top of their game.”
Borsato was joined by the Punishers LEMC, a fraternal law enforcement motorcycle club, his wife and other family.
The total funds raised was not known at the time of publication, but all funds will support ALS patients in B.C. and research through Project Hope.