Walk to Defeat ALS
On Saturday, October 18, the Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at The Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington, Vt. Registration for the Walk starts at 12 p.m., with the opening ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. The event will feature music by Dr. Peter King and his band The Prescriptions. The Vermont Art Exchange Art Bus will sponsor face painting and art opportunities for everyone. Cider, apples, popcorn, coffee and water will be available.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, 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. It traps them inside a body they no longer can control and ultimately prevents them from breathing as it takes their life. There is no known cause of the disease, although military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.
The Walk is open to the public, and all funds raised will be donated to the chapter for care services and programs in the northern New England region and for research and awareness. To learn more, call 866-257-6663 or visit alsanne.org.