“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – or ALS as it is more commonly known – is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to immobility, a loss of speech and an inability to swallow or breathe.

“About 2,500 to 3,000 Canadians are living with ALS. There is no known cause or cure.

“In Alberta, individuals living with ALS are supported by the ALS Society of Alberta. The society’s mission is ‘Making it Possible’ and, through services and other assistance, strives to make each day the best possible for those living with ALS.

“Each June, during ALS Awareness Month, we extend our empathy to Albertans living with and affected by ALS. Throughout the month, the ALS Society of Alberta will be highlighting the stories of Albertans living with the disease. I encourage you to read and share these inspiring personal narratives. The society will also be hosting events, like the Walk to End ALS, to raise funds for services and continued research.

“Please join me in supporting Albertans living with ALS and the society’s aim to make each day the best possible.”