Two young Pointe Claire women will carry on the lessons Tony Proudfoot taught them in life and the work he was unable to finish after he passed away last year after a long battle with ALS.
Pointe Claire residents Marilou Edger and Megan Glendon will hold a yoga and zumba fundraising event next Saturday at a park near where the Proudfoot family lived and played -- a place where both organizers got to know Proudfoot and his family, and where they hope to carry on the work he started after his diagnosis.
“Tony’s daughter, Lauren, is a friend of ours, and we were all childhood friends, so when he passed away, we wanted to be able to, in some small way, continue the mission he started of eradicating this horrible disease,” Edger said.
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a disease that begins eating away at the body’s central nervous system and systematically shuts down muscle control. It is fatal, and there is no known cure for the disease.
The event is set for Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at Kinsmen Park in Pointe Claire’s southern section – also home to Lakeshore Pool, where both Edger, 26, and Glendon, 23, spent time as lifeguards -- and should run for about two hours, Edger confirmed. Half of the event will consist of a zumba class and half will be a yoga demo, where participants are encouraged to pose right along with the organizers.
The pair will also walk in the next day’s ALS walk at Parc Maisonneuve in east-endMontrealas part of Team Proudfoot – because Proudfoot is as inspirational in death as he was in life, Edger said.
“Lauren was on my soccer team, and he was the coach. He just brought out the best in everyone on our team. The year he became our coach, we were just OK, and the next year, we won the championship. He really did inspire people,” she said.
The pair raised $5,000 last year and are hoping to at least match that number this time around; they’ve enlisted numerous sponsors who have donated raffle items such as restaurant and bar gift certificates, yoga and fitness memberships, swimming lessons at the Malcolm Knox Aquatic Centre and gift certificates for floral arrangements, Edger said.
“People have been very generous and we are certainly glad they’ve decided to help support us in this,” said Edger, who will conduct the yoga demonstration, while Glendon leads the zumba aspect of the afternoon.
The zumba and yoga activity to benefit the Tony Proudfoot Fund, run by the Quebec ALS society will take place Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. atKinsmenParkinPointe Claire, which can be accessed by Drayton and Brunet avenues in the city’s south section.