Turnout exceeds expectations (10 photos) Saturday, June 07, 2014 by: Sadie Janes
Close to 200 walkers joined together Saturday morning to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Among the participants were family members affected by the disease and a few individuals currently battling ALS.
Ward Two City Councillor Terry Sheehan, who lost a cousin to the illness, gave an emotional speech to the crowd before they took off for the 5 km walk.
It has been ten years since the Walk for ALS came to the Sault, so Regional Manager Brigitte Labby wasn't sure what to expect.
"We had between 150-200 walkers here today. It was such a great turnout," said Labby.
The amount raised locally for the Walk was $14,312.15, with more donations still coming in.
The Walk for ALS will now become an anual event in Sault Ste. Marie due to the success of Saturday's walk.
To learn more about ALS, or to donate visit www.als.ca.
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flyhawk25 6/7/2014 7:19:23 PM Report
Having lost my wife to ALS it makes me so grateful to see people out for this event.
In the words of our neurologist when I asked him why she got it, he said 'just bad luck'.
None of us is immune and money is needed for the cure for this horrible disease.
On behalf of our family - thank you all.
IgnorantNortherner 6/7/2014 8:13:45 PM Report
My condolences, flyhawk.
It's up there with Alzheimer's as one of the worst ways to go from disease and it's kind of crazy how little we know about causes and cures at this point.
Awareness is spreading quickly, though.
flyhawk25 6/7/2014 9:25:09 PM Report
Unfortunately I know too much about this and other neurotrophic illnesses.
All of them - MS, MD and ALS to name three are extremely complex and difficult to treat.