TILSON & LOCAL ALS SOCIETY MEMBER, LEE PETTIT, TAKE PART IN ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
ORANGEVILLE, ON - David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, along with long time member of the local ALS society, Lee Pettit, today took part in the trending ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The famously trending challenge has quickly spread across social media in order to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks by killing nerves cells and leaves the diagnosed unable to control or initiate voluntary bodily movements.
Both David and Mrs. Pettit have lost a loved one to ALS and personally understand the need for awareness and research as there is currently no cure for this disease. The influx of generous donations that ALS Canada is receiving is due largely to the ice bucket challenge and the vast amount of awareness it has raised.
“Social media has created this unique way to bring awareness to ALS and
I am sure we will continue to see similar initiatives,” said David Tilson, “ALS is a cause that has always been important to me on a personal level. I am pleased to be able to participate.”
Having lost his father to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, David has introduced a Private Member’s Bill to have June officially designated as National ALS Month.
After being challenged by Lee Pettit, David Tilson chose to nominateThe Mayor of Caledon, Marolyn Morrison, The Mayor of Mono, Laura Ryan, The County of Dufferin Warden, Bill Hill and Dufferin-Caledon M.P.P, Sylvia Jones.