Join the Walk to Defeat ALS and Help The ALS Association’s Upstate New York Chapter Fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease

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The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter announces its annual Walk to Defeat ALS® on August 4, 2012 at Delaware Park - Meadow Drive entrance, in Buffalo, N.Y. The 1.5 mile walk is open to the public, and all funds raised will be donated to The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter.

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It’s important to shed light on the fact that ALS impacts military veterans at twice the rate as the general public.”

The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter announces its annual Walk to Defeat ALS® on August 4, 2012 at Delaware Park - Meadow Drive entrance, in Buffalo, N.Y. The 1.5 mile walk is open to the public, and all funds raised will be donated to The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding the cause and cure of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a devastating and fatal neuromuscular disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on August 4 with the opening ceremony starting at 10 a.m.

This year’s Walk to Defeat ALS will be led by the “Honorary Person with ALS,” Chuck Thore of Grand Isle, and his Team “Thore’s Thunder.” Mr. Thore was diagnosed with ALS in March, 2011 and is a military veteran, serving in the Navy for nine years as a mechanic on the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Ranger. He also served in the Military Police in Fallon, Nevada.

“We’re so pleased Chuck has agreed to honor this role, and we’re proud of his military service for our country. Chuck’s son Christopher is an Army Ranger, and another son James served in the Marine Reserves. It’s important to shed light on the fact that ALS impacts military veterans at twice the rate as the general public,” said Executive Director of the Upstate New York Chapter Kathy Lahey.

Unless a cure is found, more than 30,000 Americans living today will die from ALS. The financial cost to families of persons with ALS can be up to $250,000 per year, depleting entire savings of relatives and patients.

“Last year, the walk in Buffalo saw more than 600 walkers who raised more than $100,000 for cutting-edge research and vital patient services,” Lahey said. “The funds allowed the chapter to hire a part-time care coordinator and build a program in the Western New York region, providing direct contact with ALS patients and their families." The ALS Association is funded solely by donations, and the chapter offers all services to people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families free of charge.

To learn more about the Walk to Defeat ALS, call the chapter toll free at 866-499-7257 or visit http://www.alsaupstateny.org.

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, visit our website at http://www.alsaupstateny.org.

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