The CD booklet inside Canadian indie pop-rock band The New Pornographer’s latest album, Together, has a message “in memory of Lynn Calder — please contribute to the ALS Society of Canada.”
Lynn is singer-keyboardist Kathryn Calder’s mother and the half-sister of the band’s founder and main songwriter, Carl Newman (a.k.a. A.C. Newman).
“My mom died of ALS last year so I’ve donated lots of money,” Calder tells Samaritanmag.
ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disorder, which causes paralysis due to degeneration of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. In North America, it is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
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