Owen Thomas



My Right To Try:  Prior to the onset of my symptoms, I was a normal, healthy 29 year old guy. My wife and I had been married for just over a year, we had just bought a house, and I was working hard to develop my corporate/commercial law practice in my hometown. In the fall of 2014, my legs suddenly stopped cooperating - they were still moving, but not the way I wanted them to. It happened almost overnight. Approximately one year and three months later, and after what seemed like an endless battery of tests, scans, blood-draws and needle poking, my neurologist told me that I had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable disease that typically results in death within 2-5 years.

I want the right to try so I can plan a life with my wife Kayla, my best friend, who has been devastated by this disease. I want to spend quality time with my family and friends without being dependent upon them. I want to work at my law practice without worrying about losing my ability to speak or type. I want to contribute to society in a meaningful way. Although I recognize that the right to try cannot guarantee any of these things, it will at the very least give hope to patients suffering from terminal illnesses. It will give us a chance. It will give us the motivation to get up in the morning and keep fighting. In light of my prognosis, the benefits associated with a right to try law, however remote, far outweigh the risks. I want the right to try because I have nothing to lose.  

I've dedicated the remaining years of my life, driven to accelerate access to potential life-saving treatment for Canadian ALS patients.  I am an executive member of Canada's leading National ALS Charity, the Adaptive Canuck ALS Foundation. (www.alscanuck.org),  founding member and author of the 'Right To Try Act'.

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Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Terminal Illness - ALS
Diagnosed January 2016 at 31 years old.