A number of BC landmarks lit up purple to show support for ALS Awareness Month in Canada on Wednesday night.
Here in Vancouver, Science World and BC Place both glowed in hues of purple for the cause. Elsewhere in the province, the Royal Museum of Victoria and the Parliament Buildings shone bright.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, involves the death of neurons that leads to stiff muscles, muscle twitching and atrophy, and difficulties speaking, swallowing and eventually breathing. According to the ALS Society of BC, the average life expectancy after diagnosis is three to five years.
The ALS Society of BC says over 100 events will be taking place throughout the province during the month of June to raise awareness and money for this devastating disease that affects two in 100,000 people.
The ALS Society of BC provides direct support to ALS patients to ensure a good quality of life. To learn more about the disease and resources in BC, visit their website: alsbc.ca.