University of Arizona Baseball Team and Coaches Andy Lopez and Jerry Kindall to Kickoff Tucson Walk to Defeat ALS

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Walk to Defeat ALS looks to University of Arizona baseball team to launch Tucson walk.

In running shoes, on scooters, wheelchairs and strollers, hundreds of local residents will participate in The ALS Association Arizona Chapter’s Tucson Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Reid Park Demeester Performance Center.

Former U of A baseball coach, Jerry Kindall will be alongside current U of A baseball coach, Andy Lopez to kick off the walk. The entire University of Arizona baseball team will on hand to cheer on the crowd as they start the walk.

The Tucson Walk to Defeat ALS provides those in the community with the opportunity to interact and show their support in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Funds raised will benefit programs designed to support patients and families coping with the disease.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The disease robs people of the ability to walk, to talk and even blink an eye. The illness is fatal with most patients dying 2-5 years upon diagnosis. Currently, there is no known cause or cure for the disease.

Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease in 1939 when his brilliant baseball career ended after being diagnosed with ALS. The ALS Association Arizona Chapter provides annual services to more than 350 families throughout Arizona.

Donate and register for the walk at Stay up to date on the latest Walk to Defeat ALS announcements at or Twitter @ALSAZ.

The Arizona Chapter of the ALS Association was founded in 1991 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their families. 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 Arizona Chapter, visit our website at

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