Rocky’s Battle With ALS

Rocky Leer is a 53 year old veteran that served in the PPCLI from 1983 to 1986, which included a tour in Germany. Now a husband, father of three, grandfather of three and an uncle of four. This spring after a year of testing, Rocky was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). As you all may know ALS is a disease that will gradually shutdown all communication between the brain and muscles in the body. Overtime the ability to walk, talk, swallow and eventually breathe will be lost.

Currently there is no known cure for this disease. However there are a few experimental treatments around the world that have been successful in prolonging the inevitable, to bringing the disease to a halt. Unfortunately, all of these treatments/surgeries come with a cost as they are not done in Canada, yet. Anywhere from $10 000 to $130 000 can be spent on these with no guaranteed outcome.

As some of you may know, prior to being diagnosed, Rocky was laid off from his job at Halliburton. With all of this happening near the same time, him and his wife’s savings quickly deteriorated to a point where they had to sell their house and are now renting. She currently is working 12 hour days in Medicine Hat, Alberta. However this is not enough to make ends meet as this disease comes with a high price.

Rocky is currently in the early stages of ALS which appears to be advancing every day. He can no longer walk without assistance from a walker, uses a brace to support his foot from pointing towards the ground and is losing all motor skills in his hands.

Although ALS Society has been a huge support along the way. I’m writing this to help support the financial burden placed on his wife and immediate family. That being medications, modifications to the home/vehicle, to make things more accessible, give his wife more time to spend with him and help his family for any costs immediate or long-term that will occur during his battle with ALS. We would like to thank you all in advance for any support that can be given at this time.


Rocky’s Family

  • Brendan Medlang 
    • $500 
    • 44 mos
  • Tony Ross 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
  • Scott McGrath 
    • $300 
    • 44 mos
  • Infuzed Tea 
    • $420 
    • 44 mos
  • Polly Kurylo 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Zach Leer 
Rocky Mountain House, AB
Rocky Leer 
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