Mary Laursen was born to Elwood and Jean Hill (Rock Hill Park) in Shelburne in 1962 and grew up in the Whitfield community. She attended CDDHS from 1976-1980 and has raised her family in Shelburne for the past 25 years.
She was diagnosed with ALS on June 22, 2016.
The money raised from this fundraiser is going to go toward supporting Mary and improving her quality of life. This would include a bathroom renovation for shower access and any medical bills that pop up along the way as her disease progresses for any equipment not covered through insurance or the government.
What is ALS?
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease is a fatal neurodegenerative disease.
ALS has no known cure or effective treatment yet. Eighty per cent of people with ALS die within two to five years after diagnosis.
People living with the disease become progressively paralyzed due to degeneration of the upper and lower motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord.
Due to often rapidly advancing paralysis, ALS patients become solely dependant on their caregiver, and as a result, the quality of life of both patients and their families is dramatically affected.
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? That was to help raise money for research into ALS. In Canada, the Challenge raised more than $20 Million into research funding.
Thank-you for your support! Any amount helps.
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