Langley Christian School was recently honoured by the ALS Society of BC for its varied efforts to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds.

Langley school caps off fundraising walk with Ice Bucket Challenge

Langley Christian School students and staff go the extra mile to support a teacher with ALS.

Langley Christian School is inviting the public to help find a cure for ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The school is hosting a day of activities on May 24 starting with a Walk for ALS at 1:30 p.m. at the school, 22702 48th Ave.

“The Walk for ALS across Canada is the signature event to raise awareness and funds for patient services for people living with ALS, and the Canadian ALS Research Program,” said Wendy Toyer, Executive Director of the ALS Society of BC. “The impact is twofold; aside from raising funds and awareness, this event empowers people affected by ALS – the patients, families, friends, caregivers, and health care professionals – to take back some of what ALS has taken away.”

People are invited to raise donations before the event and then take part. Complete details and resources are at www.walkforals.ca.

And everyone is invited to attend to see the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As a grand finale for the Walk next Wednesday, an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is being arranged by students Carissa McCarthy, April Jeske, Micaila Hedd, and Logan Dowie.

The students and staff have also arranged for a concert that starts at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Valley, 23589 Old Yale Rd.

Why all the activities?

The school has come together because music teacher Dave Alexander has been struck with the disease.

The committee of school parents and staff have been looking at ways to help Alexander and create a legacy for the future, assessing various ideas for events and projects.

The school was recently featured in the Advance for winning a provincial award for its various initiatives to fundraise for the ALS Society of BC, which awarded Langley Christian the Leaders of Tomorrow award.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die. ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin.

Recently the school hosted Get Buckets for ALS. The junior boys basketball team spent their lunch hours shooting hoops and raised more than $2,000 in donations.

“This event was an opportunity for us to serve the community, as one of our core values is servant hood,” said coach Jon Mayan. “We wanted to link basketball into a fundraiser that would engage the student body, and it was successful because of how simple and easy it was for everyone to get involved. We all share a love for Mr. Alexander, so that connection to someone important at the school allowed people to understand the reason for this fundraiser.”