In 2004, after three family members were diagnosed with breast cancer, sisters Linda Longman and Susan Godin decided to create a fundraising event to raise money for breast cancer research. After eight years of fundraising, in 2011 they reached their goal of raising $100,000 for breast cancer.
Since then, they have been busy working on personal goals. Susan got her MBA and Linda’s two daughters got married.
In 2014, Susan’s husband Dave was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a terminal, progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. Dave passed away on May 11, 2018 so this year’s auction and WALK for ALS will be dedicated to his memory.
The WALK for ALS is an annual Canada-wide fundraiser for ALS. In 2015, Susan sent out an email to friends and family and formed a team, Godin’s Gang, for the 2015 walk. They raised $19,000 that first year and then Susan and Linda decided to resurrect the Sister Act Silent Auction to try and exceed this amount for 2016. It was a resounding success and between the auction and other support raised through the Godin’s Gang team members, another $38,000 was raised to help fund research and support families in Ontario living with ALS. After the 2017 WALK for ALS, the total raised by Godin’s Gang exceeded $93,000.
In 2018, Godin’s Gang will well surpass their ultimate goal of raising $100,000 for this worthwhile cause.
We would like to thank our friends and family for the amazing support you have provided (and continue to provide!).
Linda & Susan