Everyone is invited to join the ALS Upstate Chapter to participate in The Walk to Defeat ALS, one of four walks across the state aimed at raising awareness and finding a cure for ALS.
Over $160,000 was raised at this event last year. All proceeds go to the local chapter for research and the various programs ALS Upstate has to support families affected by the disease. “The local chapter…we’re the boots on the ground. We are the people who are working with families, people who are struggling with ALS,” said executive director, Liz Krisanda. “One of the challenges of this disease is that it often progresses so quickly that people need to start making changes before they are really able to wrap their heads around what’s happening. And that’s really important and that’s where we come in.”
“It’s helped me a lot. And everything they do for you is free. When I was diagnosed with ALS…yeah I knew it as Lou Gehrig’s disease…but I didn’t know what ALS really was. The information, the education, and all the stuff they provide you with, you know, gives you an idea of what you’re going to be dealing with, what you’re going to be going through,” said ALS spokesperson Jim Altman of the Upstate Chapter. “It’s an invaluable piece for somebody that has ALS.”
The Walk To Defeat ALS is Saturday, September 14th at Long Branch Park in Liverpool. Check-in is at 9:30am. The 1-mile walk begins at 11am. To learn more visit WalkToDefeatALS.org