With the support of the Vancouver Firefighter Charities, Vancouver Firefighters, Jake Gobillot and Bobby Tammen, organize the ALS “Shoot For a Cure” every spring with approximately 300 firefighters, friends, and family in attendance. This fundraiser is a sporting clay shooting challenge with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the ALS Society of BC. The event has raised over $309,000 since 2003 with the hope that a cure for ALS will one day be found.
In October 2000, Vancouver Firefighter, Ranny MacDonald, was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. On January 13, 2003, after a long and valiant fight, Ranny succumbed to this disease. Since his passing, the members of the Vancouver Firefighters’ Union Local 18, in conjunction with the Vancouver Gun Club, have held an annual fundraising event for ALS in Ranny’s memory.
Battalion Chief, Jim MacLeod, who was also a member of the Vancouver Fire Fighters’ Union, was also diagnosed with ALS in 2008. Jim battled this disease with strength, courage, and dignity and unfortunately passed away in 2009.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die.
ALS can strike anyone at anytime, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind. The equipment costs for each patient average $137,000, while nursing and home care costs can be up to 10 times this amount.
The average life expectancy after diagnosis is 3 to 5 years. For more information visit ALS BC.
Our 2022 ALS Sporting Clay Challenge in May was a HUGE success!!
CONGRATS to everyone who took part and donated to this fundraiser.
$31,191 was raised for ALS!!
We’d also like to thank all of our major sponsors for the event, we wouldn’t be able to do this without your help and generosity!!!
Vancouver Gun Club
Vancouver FF Charitable Society
Vancouver Fire Fighters Credit Union
ALS Society of BC
Vancouver FF Credit Union
Langara Fishing Lodge
Pagoda Ridge Golf Course
Pinchin West Ltd.
Falling Feathers Game Calls
Italian Sporting Goods
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Price Mart Foods- Richmond
Wanstall’s Hunting and Shooting
Home Depot – Coquitlam
University Printers Ltd.
Diamond Bar Equipment
Chilliwack Dart and Tackle
Abbotsford Heat Hockey
Rocking on the River
Rack Attack Vancouver
Fraser Valley Building Supplies
Pacific National Exhibition
Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.
Len Botkin Trucking
Jamieson’s Pet Food
HollisWealth / Luft Financial
Midland Liquidators Ltd.