Sign up to pull a Bombardier aircraft to aid ALS

Rebecca Grima —
On Sept. 13, teams of 10, with names like Smash Wrecking Crew, Gals with Pull and Coming in Hot will take to the runway and face the challenge of pulling a 37,000 lb. Bombardier* Q400* NextGen* aircraft, in the effort to fight the terminal disease, ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Bombardier Plane Pull for ALS Canada, in partnership with Bombardier Toronto, will see the teams competing to pull the plane, 100 metres in the quickest timeframe. The team who wins gets bragging rights and is crowned the Plane Pull Champion. But more importantly, the winning team and all participants are contributing to fund much needed services and equipment for people living with ALS in Ontario and give to peer-reviewed Canadian research so that in the future ALS will be treatable, not terminal.


“ALS is a disease that takes away people’s ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe. Today, there is no effective treatment or cure for ALS,” said Jill Bridgman, VP of Fund Development, ALS Canada. “Fundraisers like the Bombardier Plane Pull for ALS Canada provide the funds so that we can change the course of this disease and help the ALS Community until a treatment is found.”

“Bombardier is proud to once again be a part of this terrific initiative,” said Graham Kelly, Vice President, Global Operations, Bombardier in Toronto. “The ALS Plane Pull is an opportunity for members of the community to work together for a common cause; raising funds and awareness while taking on an amazing and fun challenge at our facility with our Q400 NextGen aircraft.”

The Bombardier Plane Pull takes place on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Bombardier Aerospace, 123 Garratt Blvd., and runs from 9:30a.m. – 1:00pm. Teams can sign up at

About ALS Canada
: Founded in 1977, mission is to support Canadians living with ALS and investing in research to make ALS a treatable, not terminal disease. ALS Canada is one of nine partners in a federation across Canada that come together to raise funds for ALS research through the WALK for ALS and partner on initiatives that will benefit people living with ALS across the country. ALS Canada focuses on providing support services in Ontario for people affected with this disease as well as leads the ALS Canada Research Program and advocacy for caregivers at the federal, provincial and local levels. For more information visit www. or follow us on Twitter @ALSCanada

About ALS
: ALS is a neurodegenerative disease where the nerve cells that control your muscles die. The ‘living wires’ which connect the brain to the muscles degenerate, leading to a loss of mobility, loss of speech and eventually impact the ability to breathe. ALS is terminal. There is no treatment or cure.

About Bombardier:

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal. Its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, we posted revenues of $20.1 billion. News and information are available at Twitter @Bombardier.