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Ride to Fight ALS returns to Vaudreuil-Soulanges for 10th Anniversary, August 25-27


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Creating greater awareness of the upcoming Ride to Fight ALS through the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region later this month, the Hogue family - Stéphane, Karen, and Kyle - joined in the recent Hudson Street Fair while gratefully accepting donations for the cause.

Diagnosed with the dreaded disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in December, 2014, Hudsonite Stéphane Hogue was thrilled to learn that last year's 9th edition of the Ride to Fight ALS powered by TELUS Health - always staged in a different region in Quebec - would be held in Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

Imagine his surprise when he learned that the 10th edition of the ride, in a dramatic departure from the norm, would be returning to the very same region the weekend of August 25 through 27 with hundreds of cyclists converging on the region to help raise much needed funds to help combat the disease - also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease - which currently affects some 3,000 Canadians and for which there is no treatment to significantly prolong their lives.

“I am so excited that it is coming back so close to home,” said Hogue who, together with his wife, Karen, and son Kyle will once again be volunteering their hearts out during the event. “It only goes to prove what a wonderful community we live in.”

Said the ALS Society's communications coordinator, Roxanne Goulet, in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal, “The reason we are returning is simply because last year, we really enjoyed our experience at the Château Vaudreuil. General Manager, Benito Migliorat, and his team were so warm and welcoming that it made the cyclists' journey in the region even more enjoyable. And when we offered them the opportunity to return to the same hotel and ride at the same place this year, everyone was excited to see the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area from another angle while cycling on different routes.”

Added Goulet, “Last year's edition included our very first Evening of Dreams benefit dinner when 650 participants and volunteers gathered to make the cycling challenge an historic success. Backed by the support of our dedicated community, the dinner, together with the one-day and three-day challenge, raised a combined total of over $430,000 for the cause, the most money since the event was first held in 2008 and we are hopeful that this 10th anniversary ride will be just as memorable.”

The ride starts Friday, August 25 and ends August 27, there are three-day, two-day and one-day cycling options, and there is a 'Night of Magic' (for those that don't cycle) on the Saturday evening in the Pavillion with a silent and live auction hosted by Montreal Canadiens legend Yvon Lambert.

Said Goulet, “If you own a business or have a product or service you would like to donate to the auctions, that would be fantastic and, if none of these options interest you, there are plenty of volunteering positions available and donations are always welcome.”

For more info go to als-quebec.ca/get-involved/participate/ride-to-fight-als/ or call Roxanne Goulet at (514) 725-2653, ext. 102. On behalf of those suffering from ALS, including Stéphane and his family, she would love to hear from you.

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