WHAT IS ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)?

Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease where the nerve cells that control your muscles die. The ‘living wires’ which connect your brain to your muscles degenerate, leading to a loss of mobility, loss of speech and eventually impacts the ability to breathe.

As the disease progresses, basic everyday tasks that we take for granted become increasingly difficult, then become impossible.  While the signs and symptoms of the disease may seem to stay the same over a period of time, ALS is progressive. It is terminal. There is no cure.

Meet the Geerts Family:  Brandie is a school teacher who inspires the youths of tomorrow, a wonderful mom to two beautiful boys and Jason’s best friend. Ethan and Brody are two fun loving young boys who love life as any children should. Jason is a devoted husband, proud father, loving son and brother, and a respected Police Officer.  

Those that know Jason would say he is the life of any party; a person you want to be around. He is someone who is always laughing, joking, and living life to the fullest.  Jason is a person who is always willing to drop what he is doing to lend a hand, never asking for anything in return. Jason is a close friend and a vital person to a group of friends who would do anything to help one another, as well as their families.

The Geerts family was devastated when Jason was given the likely diagnosis of having ALS at the young age of 33.  When Jason found out about the likely diagnosis of ALS, he immediately changed his lifestyle by improving his eating habits and exercise regimen.  In the last three months, to the amazement of his doctors, Jason has had a stay in his symptoms.

We already know the strong personal support Jason has from Brandie, Ethan and Brody, as well as his family, including his parents, his sister, two brothers and their spouses. This is where we are stepping in, Jason’s family, friends and community, to help.  We are asking for any support that you are willing and able to offer. This support fund will allow Jason to seek out the best treatment options available to hopefully find a cure for this disease.  Most of these treatments will require travel to other countries where further medical advancements have been made in the fight against ALS. If you do not feel comfortable offering monetary donations through this fund, you are welcome to make donations directly to Jason and his family.  If a monetary donation is not suitable, the use of rental accommodations, air miles or other accumulated points to cover flights or hotels would be just as helpful.  

This story is not just about Jason; it is also about those that mean the most to him, his family. This fund will not only assist Jason in funding his treatments, but will also support Brandie, Ethan and Brody, and help fund the future educations of Ethan and Brody. 

Our goal is to help the Geerts family focus on things that matter the most right now; being a family. We are ever so grateful for your time and support.
  • Janelle Robins 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Julie Belair 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Liam O'Halloran 
    • $25 
    • 47 mos
    • $150 
    • 49 mos
  • Scott Ridde 
    • $20 
    • 51 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Friends Family 
Woodstock, ON
Jason Geerts