Walk to Defeat ALS

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The ALS Association Texas Chapter announces Dallas-Fort Worth’s 14th annual Walk to Defeat ALS, to take place on November 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Valley Ridge Park in Cedar Hill. The 5K run and 1K walk is open to the public and all funds raised will be donated to The ALS Association Texas Chapter, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding the cause and cure of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Disease Information
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a devastating and always fatal neuromuscular disease. Until a cure is found, over 30,000 Americans living today will die from ALS. The financial cost to families of persons with ALS can be up to $200,000 per year, depleting the entire savings of relatives and patients. While patients receive important assistance through the equipment loan closet and clinic services, very often the most rewarding service can be found through the ALS Association’s support groups.

“The best thing is being able to come to meetings and interact with people that have the same disease.” said ALS patient Brett Brackett. “The meetings make me feel good, not alone. They really are a boost.”

Previous Event Success
In last year’s Dallas walk, over 2,300 walkers raised over $389,000 for cutting-edge research and vital services for North Texas area patients at no cost to them. This year, The ALS Association Texas Chapter Dallas-Fort Worth walk goal is to raise $425,000 to care for the more than 250 patients they serve in the North Texas area. Tax deductible donations of all amounts are accepted online.

ALS Association Information
The ALS Association not only provides services for patients but also for their families and caregivers. Caregivers can work with the association to attend support groups, receive ALS-funded respite or further educate themselves about the disease. Oftentimes, so little is known about ALS that families don’t know where to begin.

“Through our loan closet program our chapter is able to provide essential and necessary, life-enabling equipment to the over 250 patients in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex,” Chayer said. The ALS Association staff is an integral part of organizing and coordinating available services and monies raised through the Walk to Defeat AL program go toward these Care Services programs for local patients.

Last year, The ALS Association restructured its North Texas, South Texas and Greater Houston chapters to better serve patients throughout Texas. As part of the national organization, The ALS Association Texas Chapter focuses on patient services while the national organization focuses on advocacy and research. At all levels, The ALS Association is funded solely by donations.

Event Registration
Registration for this year’s walk begins at 9:30 a.m. the day of the event with pre-Walk entertainment beginning at 9 a.m., but advance online registration is available. In addition to the walk, this year’s event will also feature children’s activities, a variety of family entertainment and a post-walk cook out.

Participants can also sign advocacy petitions as part of the organization’s work to bring the importance of ALS research to the attention of officials at all levels of government. To learn more about the ALS Association Texas Chapter or the Walk to Defeat ALS, visit our website, or become a fan on Facebook.