The ALS Association Arizona Chapter Announces The Scottsdale Walk To Defeat ALS®

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Local patients, families and friends take steps to cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease and care for suffering patients.

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On Saturday, October 22, 2011, hundreds will gather at Scottsdale Stadium to join in a fight to find a cure for a deadly illness. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, progressively paralyzes its victims, attacking nerve cells and pathways in the brain or spinal cord. ALS has no known cause or cure, but the Valley community is rallying together to change that.

Wheelchair-bound patients along with their families and friends will make a 2.5-mile trek in The Walk to Defeat ALS®, hoping their steps will make a difference for more than 160 ALS patients living in the Valley. Many who walk have a loved one who is still fighting the deadly disease. Others walk in memory of a loved one who has lost the battle. Many people, without any personal connection, still walk out of a simple concern for those who are suffering with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

With only two to five years to live, these patients have an urgent need and the community is stepping in to fill it by walking for those who can’t. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s signature event in which all funds directly support cutting-edge research and patient care. Last year, these events raised nearly $420,000 around the state of Arizona.

Every dollar counts and those in the Valley community who support The ALS Association hope it’s one of their dollars that will make the difference – one that could change the lives of thousands of patients, and maybe one day, save the lives of even more.

Interested walkers should call 602-297-3800 or register online at http://walkaz.alsa.org.

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The Quick Facts

What:    The Scottsdale Walk to Defeat ALS®

When:    Saturday, October 22, 2011
        9:00 AM – Registration
        10:00 AM - Walk

Where:    Scottsdale Stadium
        7408 E Osborn Rd
        Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Why:    To raise funds and awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive, fatal
        neurodegenerative disease. There is no known cause or cure for ALS. All proceeds raised will
        support patient care and comfort, as well as research for treatments and a cure.

For more information:     The ALS Association Arizona Chapter
http://www.alsaz.org
602-297-3800

About The ALS Association Arizona Chapter:
The ALS Association Arizona Chapter is dedicated to finding a cure for ALS while empowering the lives of those living with the disease through care, advocacy, research, education and support.
For more information about The ALS Association Arizona Chapter, log on to http:/http://www.alsaz.org

The ALS Association
Arizona Chapter
Anissa Franklin
602-297-3800
520-270-3602 (cell)
602-297-3804 (fax)

Media Contact:
Phoenix Marketing Associates
Jason Jantzen    
602-282-0202
480-540-4062 (cell)

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