Sometimes I’ll see people on their front porches. I’ll stop and have a 20 minute or half hour conversation with strangers. By the time I leave, they’re no longer strangers. And then, I’ll walk some more.
Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2011
The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter is proud to announce that Chuck La Rue, aka “Chuck Walking”, will take the final steps in his 3,000+ mile walk across the country at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, June 12.
Chuck started his walk in May 2010 after attending National ALS Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. His goal was to raise ALS Awareness with everyone he encountered and many of these new friends have joined his Facebook group, Chuck Walking, to follow his progress and to share their stories. He has also collected over $6,000 in donations to The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter from family, friends and people he met on his epic journey across the U.S.
Chuck has completed this remarkable trek without the aid of a support vehicle, relying on the kindness of strangers and spending many nights in a small tent in all types of weather. Along the way, he has encountered tornadoes, floods, snow, rain, hail, pesky dogs and an unsolicited attack by a wild turkey. Chuck has said, “Sometimes I’ll see people on their front porches. I’ll stop and have a 20 minute or half hour conversation with strangers. By the time I leave, they’re no longer strangers. And then, I’ll walk some more.” One of the toughest parts of Chuck’s walk was a 90 miles stretch through the hot California desert, with no place to camp or restock his water supply.
Chuck’s inspiration for this journey was his brother, Dave La Rue. Dave fought bravely in his battle against ALS as the disease took his ability to move, his voice and finally his life on October 8, 2010. Dave was only 48 years old. Chuck was able to be by Dave’s side in his final moments.
To see a short video clip featuring Chuck La Rue filmed while he was in Iowa, click on this link:
The ALS Association is a not-for-profit organization funded solely by donations and dedicated to finding the cause and cure of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). More commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a devastating and always fatal neuromuscular disease. Unless a cure is found, over 300,000 Americans living today will die from ALS. To learn more about ALS, visit http://www.alsaco.org. To make a donation on behalf of Chuck La Rue, you can visit his fundraising page at: http://www.firstgiving.com/charleslarue
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter will be holding a walk in Santa Monica on October 23. If you would like more information, please contact Angie Thorpe at (818) 865-8067 or visit walktodefeatals.org.