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Against all odds

Diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) more than eight years ago, East Garafraxa resident Al Pettit continues to defy the odds.

The prognosis from diagnosis to death for those with ALS is a mere handful of years - "80 per cent of our clients live two to five years," noted Kathryn Dunmore, manager of communications for ALS Ontario. Yet, Pettit, 68, is close to reaching nine, so what's his secret?

Al Pettit Fundraising

Al Pettit has made the local news once again for his fundraising event to raise money for research and awareness about ALS.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Announces Improved Support for Veterans with ALS

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced today that the Government of Canada has taken action to improve and speed up support for Veterans suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was joined by Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, David Cameron, President and CEO of the ALS Society of Canada, and Veteran Mike Watson, who has led a courageous battle against ALS.

Kinga Njilas wins Mike and Ike\'s Ante Up! Contest

In an exciting race to the finish, Kinga Njilas has won Mike and Ike's Ante Up! contest - donating the $2,500 winnings, in cash and donated products, to the ALS Society of Canada for research into treatments and a cure for ALS.

Guelph resident Njilas, 25, has made it her mission to raise funds and awareness for ALS after learning of her mother's diagnosis with the disease four years ago. Even after her mother's passing in January of this year, Njilas continues her fight by remaining a loyal and courageous ambassador for ALS Canada.

Dignified Suicide - Preparing for the Journey

PBS has put together an insightful documentary of one man's battle with ALS and his considerations of a dignified suicide. Craig Ewert, 59, is dying, and in his own words says "There is no sensing in trying to deny that fact". Craig's ALS is rapidly deteriorating his body. While Craig is "not tired of living", Craig is "tired of the disease".

Toronto Artist Paints Cards to Raise Awareness for ALS

Four of Elizabeth Berry's paintings will be featured on the ALS Society of Canada's new cards to promote awareness of the fatal neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The internationally known Toronto artist's paintings feature cornflowers, the ALS Society of Canada's official emblem.

Al Pettit makes the news!

Our fearless moderator has made the news once again. Take a moment to read the Brampton Guardian's profile of Al Pettit.

The fight against ALS is far from over for Orangeville resident Al Pettit (our fearless moderator). In 2003, 59-year-old retired firefighter was officially diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neurogenerative disease that causes progressive paralyzation.

Todd Kelly Smith Pleads Not Guilty

A former WDJX radio personality accused of stealing as much as $150,000, donated to battle a fatal disease, said he was innocent and turned down a plea offer in Jefferson Circuit Court January 20th, 2007.

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