Wallingford, CT (PRWEB) September 25, 2011
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a motor neuron disease that affects people from all walks of life and can yield tragic side effects and eventually can even lead to death. This is why The ALS Association of Connecticut is hosting their annual walk to assist in finding the cure for the disease. Walk to Defeat ALS gives organizations, families, and friends a chance to give back to the organization that helps families living with the disease.
ALS most commonly strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70 and there are approximately 5,600 new patients diagnosed with ALS each year. That means there are 30,000 Americans living with ALS at any given moment. The typical life expectancy of the 5,600 diagnosed each year is two to five years on average but this is not always the case; as many patients lead quality lives for longer than five years after diagnosis.
The ALS Association of Connecticut is hosting a walk on Saturday, September 24, 2011 to stand up against ALS and find the cure that so many patients, families, and friends have been hoping for. Teams and individuals will be walking at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain, Conn. at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the lives of those with ALS while raising money to put an end to the disease. With the time and money donated by people who support finding a cure for ALS the life expectancy for those diagnosed may become longer and eventually, the hope of a cure.
Registration for the walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will give participants as well as their friends and family members time to celebrate their fundraising efforts and coming together for an important cause. Fundraising was completed by participants accepting donations from individuals and organization who hope that a cure is one day found for ALS; proud sponsors of the event include Yalesville, Conn.-based Keyword Performance. This walk gives those who can walk an opportunity to stand up for those in their life who may no longer be able to step out against ALS.
If you are unable to participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS consider finding a friend or family member who is walking and support them with a financial donation. The donations will not just go to finding a cure for ALS but also for helping families who are living with ALS that are in need of assistance. So walk, donate, or volunteer for Walk to Defeat ALS “because you can”.
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