OTTAWA, ON – Yesterday afternoon, Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson stood in the House of Commons to highlight the fact that June is ALS Awareness Month in Canada and to bring MPs’ attention to the hard work being done by researchers and volunteers:
Mr. Speaker, June is ALS Awareness Month. ALS, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a rapidly progressive, fatal motor neuron disease, which affects approximately 3,000 Canadians.
My father succumbed to ALS a number of years ago and as a result of my very personal encounter with this devastating disease, I re-introduced my Private Member’s Bill last year, to have June officially designated as national ALS Month.
I commend the ALS Society of Canada for its tireless work in increasing awareness amongst Canadians, in funding research to find a cure, and in providing quality care for those affected.
I encourage each Member to wear a cornflower today to show their support in the fight against ALS. I also invite all honourable Members to attend this evening's ALS reception in the Parliamentary Restaurant to learn more. Together, we can find a cure.
David Tilson and Bobbi Greenberg of the ALS Society of Canada, taken in Centre Block on Parliament Hill.