Carol-Ann doesn’t let ALS keep her down

Campbell River resident will be celebrating her 70th birthday and using it as an opportunity to increase ALS awareness

Campbell River resident Carol-Ann Dwyer will be celebrating her 70th birthday on Saturday Oct. 5 and hopes to use her birthday as an opportunity to increase ALS awareness.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. 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.

The average life expectancy after diagnosis is 3-5 years.

Dwyer is living with ALS and hopes the community will join her in celebrating her 70th birthday by stopping by Trinity Presbyterian Church on Oct. 5 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn more about ALS and to make a donation to the ALS Society of BC.

There will also be scarves and jewelry for sale with proceeds going to the ALS Society.

The ALS Society of BC is dedicated to providing direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with this disease.

Through assisting research, the society committed to finding the cause and cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

For more information or to donate visit: www.alsbc.ca