DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Organizers are hoping for another strong community presence at this year’s Durham Region Walk for ALS.
ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement, die. ALS robs patients of their ability to walk, talk, swallow, and eventually breathe.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 17th. Organizer Heather Beacock told The Standard the walk consistently has seen around 500 people take part each year. Last year’s walk raised close to $84,000, according to Ms. Beacock. Her fundraising goal for this year's event is $85,000.
“Each year we seem to get new people in Durham Region diagnosed with ALS, so it is important to come together and be a team with our family and friends,” Ms. Beacock said.
The walk will begin at the Port Perry Fairgrounds, at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5 km walk begins at 10 a.m. There will be a barbecue following the walk.
Ms. Beacock would like to thank longtime walk sponsors including; Foodland, Lukes at Home, Vos Independent and Tim Hortons.
For more information on the walk, go on-line to www.walkforals.ca, or e-mail Ms. Beacock, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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