If you’ve ever been touched by ALS, you understand how devastating the disease can be. A disease that takes away someone’s ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe, ALS has no cure and the majority of people diagnosed die within two to five years.

If ALS is your cause of choice and you’d like to do something to make a difference on an ongoing basis, please consider becoming part of ALS Canada’s Circle of Hope Monthly Giving Program. In doing so, you’ll join an elite group of donors who have chosen to give on a recurring basis to help create a future without ALS.

Monthly donations can be made in any recurring amount – enabling you to set a budget-friendly amount that over time will add up to a donation greater than you might be able to give at any one time. Once you’ve set up your monthly donation, you’ll be ready to go — future donations will be made automatically on the same day each month.

“My late wife, Patricia, had ALS, and three of her aunts and her mother had the disease before her. When she was diagnosed in 2007, it was clear that she carried the familial gene. It is because of this that I see the pressing need to support ALS research. My hope is that, by donating monthly, a treatment or a cure can be developed before my children and grandchildren are diagnosed.”      – Nigel Van Loan

Help for today

As someone’s ALS symptoms progress, access to equipment and assistive devices becomes essential for safety, comfort and day-to-day life – but often with a significant price tag. It is estimated that ALS costs a family between $150,000 and $250,000 over the course of the disease. Equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, ramps and stair lifts are expensive, but your monthly gift has the power to help make these items available through the equipment pool that sees ALS Canada make frequently-used items available on loan to Ontario families who need them most.

  • A donation of $25 a month ($0.83 per day) over the course of a year can buy the transport wheelchair that will help minimize the challenges of decreased mobility.
  • A donation of $50 a month ($1.60 per day) over the course of a year can provide a portable ramp that will allow someone living with ALS to move in and out of their home freely.
  • A donation of $100 a month ($3.33 per day) over the course of a year can give someone the easy lift chair they need to sit comfortably in their living room.

Hope for tomorrow

ALS research is at a time of unprecedented excitement and momentum: there has been more progress in the last 5 to 7 years than in the last century. Many of the top ALS researchers in the world believe the scientific community is now poised to find treatments that can significantly alter the course of the disease, and that lack of funding is the only limitation standing in the way of effective ALS treatments being developed sooner rather than later.

While the pace of scientific discovery never seems fast enough, monthly donations in any amount provide a steady stream of funding for research investment. For example, 350 new monthly donors giving $30 each a month would, over a one year period, add up to an amount equivalent to one of ALS Canada’s research grants, which fund the best Canadian ALS research with the greatest potential to slow down or even stop the disease.

How it works

  • Sign up as a monthly donor in one of the following ways:
    – By phone (1-800-267-4257 ext. 203)
    – By mail: send a void cheque to ALS Canada at 393 University Ave. Suite 1701, Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
  • Once you have signed up, your donation will be automatically processed on the same day each month
  • The amount and date of your donation will appear on your credit card or bank statement and you will receive one single tax receipt early in the new year
  • If ever you decide to make a change to your monthly gift, all you have to do is email donations@als.ca or call 1-800-267-4257 ext. 203

What you’ll receive from us

  • An annual tax receipt mailed or e-mailed in February of the following year with an exclusive year-end review
  • ALS Canada’s quarterly e-newsletter with updates about community-based support, research and advocacy
  • A mailed or e-mailed copy of our Annual Report

Within Ontario, ALS Canada has a role similar to that of the provincial ALS societies providing services and support to help meet the needs of people living with ALS. Monthly gifts made in Ontario will benefit regional support and services for people living with ALS in the province as well as research for a future without ALS. Monthly gifts made outside of Ontario will be directed towards the ALS Canada Research Program to benefit all Canadians.

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