Abbotsford Police sergeant receives ALS Society award

Rick Stewart has been presented with the Exceptional Fundraising Program Award.

Sgt. Rick Stewart gives a speech during an awards presentation for the ALS Society of B.C.

Sgt. Rick Stewart gives a speech during an awards presentation for the ALS Society of B.C.

Sgt. Rick Stewart of the Abbotsford Police Department has been presented with the Exceptional Fundraising Program Award from the ALS Society of B.C.

Stewart is involved with a committee of the Abbotsford Police Association that coordinates a golf tournament each year in memory of Const. John Goyer.

Goyer died in 2006 after a long battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The tournament has been held for the last nine years, raising more than $90,000, and Stewart said the event will continue.

“We want to help find a cure for ALS,” he said.

ALS attacks the neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body.

Those diagnosed with the condition eventually lose the ability to move muscles in their arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere. They typically are immobilized or die within two to five years of their diagnosis.

For more information, visit alsbc.ca.

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