What’s it all about?

The 2017 9-and-dine tournament is being held on Saturday, July 29th with a shotgun start beginning at 2:30pm. Price includes 9 holes of golf, golf cart, dinner and lots of prizes! PLUS a $10,000 hole in one prize presented by Dominion Lending Centres – Wade Leal, Pembroke! Have questions or ready to register your team? Click here to submit online!

dad kidsIn October 2008 my father, John Leal was diagnosed with a rare disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig Disease. In December 2009 we lost him to the disease that there is no known cure for as of today. With this awful disease we watched our father, who was always an outdoorsman, very active, and always was there for his grand kids, slowly deteriorate, and later pass away on us.

We decided to help out the ALS Society of Canada with a golf tournament on a yearly basis held at the Petawawa Golf Course. Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. has been a major help with the tournament every year also as our major sponsor. With the tournament we have generally seen 25 teams, and a large number of sponsors from the Renfrew County area help out. We will try and try to help out the ALS Society of Canada, to hope that one day they will find a cure.

What is ALS?

Our brain is connected to our muscles through a series of living wires called motor neurons. Each connection consists of two motor neurons connected together. First, an upper motor neuron, found in the brain extends to the brainstem (at the back of the neck) or the spinal cord and connects to a lower motor neuron. Lower motor neurons then extend from the brainstem/spinal cord to the muscle. The brain sends a signal along these motor neurons telling your muscle to contract. This signal is an electrical impulse created by chemicals in our neurons. These motor neurons are grouped in bundles that run throughout our body to allow us to move, speak, swallow, breath etc. with precision. Essentially, our neurons are our internal wiring.

In ALS these motor neurons (both upper and lower) degenerate and die, which breaks the connection from the brain to the muscle leading to weakness, followed by paralysis of the disconnected muscle. In ALS, this paralysis spreads throughout the body and eventually affects the muscles required for all movement, speech, swallowing and breathing. The inability to expand and contract muscles for breathing is what makes ALS a terminal disease.

The majority of ALS cases begin with weakness in the arms or legs, but approximately 20% will begin with disabilities to speech and swallowing (“bulbar ALS”). In both cases, the disease will spread to affect other muscles of the body.

On average, a person diagnosed with ALS has between 2 to 5 years before death, but each case is unique and some people will live shorter or longer than this average.