NORTH DURHAM: Organizers are hopeful for another tremendous response from the community at this weekend’s Durham Region Walk for ALS.
The Walk, which takes place on Saturday, June 20 at the Port Perry Fairgrounds, starting at 10 a.m., will raise funds to support ALS families in Durham Region.
“We’ve had a lot of great support in past years,” organizer Heather Moore told The Standard. “There were more than 500 participants in last year’s Walk, which was able to raise over $93,000.”
According to a press release, there are currently 2,500 to 3,000 Canadians living with ALS. Every year 1,000 people will die because of this disease and 1,000 will be newly diagnosed. With a lifespan of only two to five years, there is an urgency to accelerate finding a treatment for ALS and help families manage the emotional and physical transitions this disease inflicts on people living with ALS.
Registration for the 2015 Durham Region Walk for ALS will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday June 20, at Port Perry Fairgrounds, located at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd., with the Walk getting underway at 10 a.m., and lasting for approximately one hour. The goal for this year is to raise $105,000 through the Walk.
The public can register for this Walk For ALS or any of the 32 Walks that will be taking place across the province at www.walkforals.ca. As well, donations can also be made on-line if you are unable to attend the Walk, but still wish to offer your support to the cause.