The ALS Association To Host Walk To Defeat ALS In Shreveport

October 5, 2013

ALSWalkSHREVEPORT, La. ­ The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter will host its annual Walk to Defeat ALS in Shreveport on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Betty Virginia Park.

All funds raised at the Walk to Defeat ALS benefit The ALS Association and its mission to find a cure for ALS and improve life for those with the disease. At last year¹s event, more than 250 walkers raised over $10,000 for cutting-edge research and vital patient services. This year’s goal is set at $15,000. The ALS Association is funded solely by donations and all services to patients are offered free of charge.

Registration for the event is at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m.  After the 1 mile walk through Betty Virginia Park, everyone is welcome to join us for free music, food and children’s activities.  There is no cost to register for the Walk to Defeat ALS.  This is a fundraiser for those living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease; however, there is no minimum to participate. Participants are encouraged to register in advance of walk day and form walk teams at www.walktodefeatals.org.  Donations will be accepted on walk day.

The ALS Association is also in need of volunteers for walk day to assist with set-up, registration, T-shirt distribution, food and beverages, and takedown. Volunteers can still participate in the walk.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a devastating and always fatal neuromuscular disease that leaves its victims paralyzed ­unable to walk, speak, swallow or breathe. The financial cost to families of persons with ALS can be up to $250,000 per year, depleting entire savings.
Sponsors of the Walk to Defeat ALS include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Omni, Numotion, Permobil, Pride Mobility Products, Quantum Rehab, and Velocity Care.

To learn more about the Walk to Defeat ALS and how to become a walker or volunteer, call toll free: 225-343-9880 ext. 4 or visit www.walktodefeatals.org.

The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization whose sole mission is to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE) as well as improve living with ALS.  For more information, call The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter toll free at 800.891.3746 or visit www.alsalams.org.

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