Betty's Run for ALS
Thanks to the tremendous support of the ALS community, the 20th Annual Betty's Run for ALS raised over $412,000! Stay tuned for details about the 21st Annual Betty's Run for ALS.
Betty's Run for ALS celebrates, promotes and channels hope for those affected with ALS, their families and their friends.
In 1996, Calgarian Betty Norman was diagnosed with ALS. Her year-long physical and emotional battle with this terrible disease inspired her friends and family to organize an annual fundraiser. Betty's Run for ALS has grown steadily to become one of the largest ALS fundraisers in Canada.
Over the past 20 years, Betty's Run has raised more than $6.5 million due to the generous support of donors and participants. Of funds raised, 60 per cent stay in Alberta to support those currently living with ALS through equipment and client services. The remaining 40 per cent of funds support ongoing research into identifying the cause and cure for this devastating disease. This year we are inviting our past 20 years of "Betty's Run family" back, along with new friends to continue inspiring care, hope and community.
Who is Betty?
Betty Norman was a very active 58-year-old Calgary woman when she was diagnosed with ALS in August of 1996. Betty's courage and determination to make a difference that year was the driving force behind the June 1997 "This One's for Betty" walk/run. Sadly, Betty passed away in her home within 11 months of her diagnosis and two weeks after the event that she inspired took place.
Determined to continue Betty's unwavering spirit, the organizing committee unanimously decided to hold an event every year in Betty's memory and honour. They also wanted to pay tribute to the many other Albertans currently living with, or who have lived with ALS. This is how the annual Betty's Run for ALS was born