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Former Hill staffer with ALS says feds should be doing more to help stop Lou Gehrig’s disease

Brian Parsons, diagnosed with an aggressive form of ALS, says it’s a horrible disease and patients and their families need more support from the federal government.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
A fighter: Brian Parsons, former Liberal Hill staffer, pictured in 2004 getting a Shawinigan handshake from U2’s Bono on the Hill, and recently in Ottawa. ‘I’m not a fan of the status quo and I wasn’t about to go down without taking a swing at the status quo.’

Eight months ago, former Liberal Hill staffer Brian Parsons was told he has ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The 48-year-old husband and father also found out he has 18 months to three years left to live. 

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Former Hill staffer with ALS says feds should be doing more to help stop Lou Gehrig’s disease

Brian Parsons, diagnosed with an aggressive form of ALS, says it’s a horrible disease and patients and their families need more support from the federal government.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
A fighter: Brian Parsons, former Liberal Hill staffer, pictured in 2004 getting a Shawinigan handshake from U2’s Bono on the Hill, and recently in Ottawa. ‘I’m not a fan of the status quo and I wasn’t about to go down without taking a swing at the status quo.’

Eight months ago, former Liberal Hill staffer Brian Parsons was told he has ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The 48-year-old husband and father also found out he has 18 months to three years left to live. 

  

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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