NOVA West Island offers support to ALS sufferers

When a loved one is living with cancer or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), family members need help to enable the patient to stay home.

Nova West Island is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven, community-based health-care organization whose primary mandate is to provide specialized in-home care and support, including at the palliative stage.

The group, which last year celebrated its centenary, gets no federal or provincial grants and depends on contributions from the community.

One way to support its work is to donate or purchase clothes, merchandise, books and CDs at various thrift shops: 41-45 Ste. Anne, Ste. Anne de Bellevue; 2750 St. Charles, Kirkland; 449 Beaconsfield in Beaurepaire. 514-695-8335.

Another way to help Nova, the West Island Palliative Care Residence and Canadian Cancer Society is to sign up for the West Island Crusade Against Cancer gala October 27.

Comedian Joey Elias, the Sean Ryan jazz ensemble, a rock band with Craig Morrison and dinner with vintage wine. Centennial Hall, Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. $55. 514-244-5918.

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