Peoples Drug Mart Walks For ALS

Walks for ALS

Peoples Drug Mart was the presenting sponsor of the annual B.C. & Yukon Walks for ALS for 10 years. Walks for ALS is a fun, family friendly event that occurs across British Columbia in 16 communities and was organized by local volunteers. Walks for ALS were about taking to the streets, pathways, sidewalks and parks across B.C. to raise money for breakthrough ALS research and services to support those living with ALS and their families.

Peoples Drug Mart has proudly donated over $500,000 to the ALS Society of BC over the past 10 years. We are grateful we could help support such an important and worthwhile organization like the ALS Society of BC.

Peoples Drug Mart Walks For ALS 2016

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Over $71,000 was raised at the Victoria Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held on Sept. 18th. Congratulations to Cheryalee Hutchinson and the many volunteers for a very successful event. Picture: (Left to right) Vladi  Stevanovic, Victora Peoples Pharmacy owner and Iman Ghahremani, ALS Society of BC. 
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Over $18,000 was raised at the Kelowna Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held on June 28th. Special recognition to Joyce Berg who has raised over $30,000 over the past 5 years. Picture: (Left to right) Alexandra Guerrero, ALS Support Services Co-ordinator and Navi Bal, Kelowna Peoples Drug Mart owner.

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Over $32,000 was raised at the 7th annual Kamloops Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held on June 18th. 419 walkers participated in this event. Picture: (Left to right) Glen Smailes, Walk Volunteer, Alicia English, Deanna Wong, Irene Dumont, Ashcroft Peoples Drug Mart.
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Over $24,000 was raised at the Surrey Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held on June 18th. Despite the downpour, over 250 walkers participated in this fun event. Picture: Sheryl O'Toole, Peoples Drug Mart (Left), receiving title sponsor plaque from Vandhana Misri, President, ALS Society of BC.
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Over $22,000 was raised at the West Kootenays Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held on June 5th in Nelson. Picture: Andrew Hoffert & Jennifer McDonnell (& children), Nelson Owners and Troy Clark (& children), Nakusp owner, with Gord Shannon, Walk Co-ordinator & Iman Ghahremani, ALS Society of BC.

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Frank Cucca, Operations Manager Manager, Peoples Drug Mart (Left), receiving title sponsor plaque from Wendy Toyer, Executive Director, ALS Society of BC at the Tri-Cities Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS. A big thanks to the 400 walk participants, volunteers and coordinators who raised over $30,330 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Jenny DeMarchi, Store Manager, Peoples Drug Mart Champlain Mall (Left), receiving title sponsor plaque from Vandhana Misri, President, ALS Society of BC at the Vancouver/Richmond Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS. Congratulations and thank you to the walk participants, volunteers and coordinators who braved the heavy rainfall and raised over $56,120 for the ALS Society of BC.


Peoples Drug Mart Walks For ALS 2015


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Sheryl O'Toole, Peoples Drug Mart Head Office (right), receiving title sponsor plaque from Wendy Toyer, ALS Society of BC at the Surrey Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS. A big thanks to the 250 walk participants, and many volunteers and coordinators who braved the heavy rainfall and raised over $25,500 for the ALS Society of BC.


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Troy Clark, Nakusp Peoples Pharmacy Owner (left), Andrew Hoffert and Jennifer McDonnell, Nelson Peoples Pharmacy Owners (center) receiving title sponsor plaque from Iman Ghahremani, ALS Society of BC at the West Kootenays Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS. A big thanks to the 101walk participants, and many volunteers and coordinators for raising $23,900 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Jenny Demarchi, Store Manager, Champlain Mall receiving title sponsor plaque at the Richmond/Vancouver Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS. A big thanks to the 411 walk participants, and many volunteers and coordinators for raising $81,878 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Frank Cucca, Peoples Drug Mart Operations Manager (left) receiving title sponsor plaque from Vandhana Misri, ALSBC President (Right) at the Tri-Cities Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS. A big thanks to the 246 walk participants, and many volunteers and coordinators for raising $22.079 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Theresa Nutting, Store Manager, Quadra Island (Back left) receiving title sponsor plaque from Wendy Toyer, ALSBC Executive Director (Back Right) at the Mid-Island Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held in Parksville, B.C. A big thanks to the 283 walk participants, and many volunteers and coordinators for raising $46,165 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Store Manager, David Wilson, Langley (left) receiving title sponsor plaque from Dave Walman, ALSBC Director (Center) at the Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held in Abbotsford, B.C. A big thanks to the 438 walk participants, and many volunteers and coordinators for raising $91,000 for the ALS Society of BC.

2014 Walks for ALS

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Store Owner, Navi Bal, Kelowna (right) receiving title sponsor certificate from Will Hogan, Walk Co-ordinator and Billy Doyle, ALS Society of BC at the Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held in Kelowna, B.C. A big thanks to the walk participants, volunteers and coordinators for raising $35,000 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Store Manager, Irene Dumont, Ashcroft (second from left) receiving title sponsor certificate at the Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held in Kamloops, B.C. A big thanks to the walk participants, volunteers and coordinators for raising over $50,000 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Pharmacy Manager Sheri Ukrainetz, Mckenzie Peoples Drug Mart with title sponsor certificate at the Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held in Prince George, B.C. A big thanks to the walk participants, volunteers and coordinators for raising over $18,000 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Store owners Jennifer McDonnell, Nelson and Troy Clark, Nakusp receiving title sponsor certificates from Melissa Nelson at the Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held in Nelson, B.C. A big thanks to the walk participants, volunteers and coordinators for raising over $24,000 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Wendy Toyer, ALS Society of BC presenting title sponsor certificate to Theresa Nutting, Store Manager, Quadra Island at the Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held in Parksville, B.C. A big thanks to the walk participants, volunteers and coordinators for raising over $35,000 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Shan Joz, Store Manager, White Rock with title sponsor certificate at the Peoples Drug Mart Walk For ALS held in Surrey, B.C. A big thanks to the walk participants, volunteers and coordinators for raising over $33,000 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Phil Dubois, past President of ALS Society of BC presenting title sponsor certificate to Susanna and John Leung, Abbotsford store owners. A big thanks to the walk participants, volunteers and coordinators for raising over $97,000 for the ALS Society of BC.

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Rebecka Walker, Peoples Champlain Square and Wendy Toyer, ALS Society of BC at the Peoples Drug Mart Vancouver/Richmond Walk for ALS on May 31st.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease. People living with the disease become progressively paralyzed due to degeneration of the upper and lower motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Eighty per cent of people with ALS die within two to five years of diagnosis– unable to breathe or swallow. Ten per cent of those affected may live for 10 years or longer. Other neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease. According to the World Health Organization, neurodegenerative diseases are predicted to surpass cancer as the second leading cause of death in Canada by 2040. ALS has no known cure or effective treatment yet. For every person diagnosed with ALS, a person living with ALS dies. Approximately 2,500 - 3,000 Canadians currently live with this fatal disease. For more information visit ALS BC.