Over $10,000 was raised for Comrade Jim Cullen at a benefit supper hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday February 25.
Cullen, past president of the legion, has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
ALS is a Neurodegenerative disease where the nerve cells that control your muscles die, leading to a loss of mobility, loss of speech and eventually, loss of the ability to breathe.
ALS is a terminal disease, without cure or even an effective treatment.
In Canada about 1000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year, while about the same amount die from the disease annually.
The lifespan after diagnosis is on average two to five years.
“A wonderful group of family members and people from our Community gathered at the Legion for the benefit supper,” says Marg Wheeler, one of the organizers of the event. “It was hosted by the Tumbler Ridge Legion Branch 286 and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary.”
In addition to the supper, there was a silent auction and quilt raffles for Cullen, who served as president for three years.
“All the items donated personally and from businesses in Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge were absolutely beautiful and a huge THANK YOU is extended to everyone for your generosity, for attending and the bidding process in general,” says Wheeler.