Fighting ALS a family affair

For the McComb family, riding to raise awareness of ALS became very important after one of their own was diagnosed with the condition

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For the McComb family from the lower mainland, riding to raise awareness of ALS became very important after one of their own was diagnosed with the condition more than 15 months ago.

Scott McComb is living with the reality of ALS and says he hopes events like Sunday’s Cycle of Hope — The Frequent Flyer 10k around the Victoria Airport — raises awareness of the disease and helps people like him and their families.

Joined by family members Shannon, Neil and kids Carter and Larsen, the McComb family were in North Saanich on the weekend, making this their second Cycle of Hope event in two years. Last year, they raised around $17,000 for ALS research and support for the ride in Kelowna. The family, from Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows, said it’s important for them to help raise the profile of ALS, which often doesn’t get the attention it needs.

“I think it’s important that we can be a supportive group,” said Neil. “We hope to increase awareness, help families and people with ALS and aid research for a cure.”

On Sunday, riders gathered at Rotary Park for the ride around the Flight Path, the airport’s new multi-use trail. The event is a fundraiser to help people fight ALS.

This month and through July, Cycle of Hope is the charity of the month in Victoria Bottle Depot locations. People can drop their refundables in the charity bins at the depots at 4261 Glanford Ave., 655 Queens Ave. and 3961 Quadra St.

For information, visit www.cycleofhope.ca.

 

— with files from Devon MacKenzie