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Community invited to Walk to Defeat ALS

Matthew Lane • Sep 10, 2018 at 10:55 AM

KINGSPORT — The annual Walk to Defeat ALS will take place on Sept. 15 at Borden Park.

The program starts at 10:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 11. The event is hosted by the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter.

The walk offers you an opportunity to join the fight and bring hope to people living with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). With no known cause, treatment or cure, ALS is a rapidly progressive disease that claims the lives of many folks in Tennessee each year.

Nearly 30,000 Americans are living with ALS at any given time, with an average life expectancy of just two to five years.

Living with ALS can cost up to $250,000 annually, depleting families’ life savings. The Tennessee chapter offers all services to people with ALS and their families free of charge. Last year, more than 3,500 walkers attended and raised more than $770,000 at its four statewide walks.

“We look forward to this year’s Tri-Cities Walk. This is our largest annual fundraiser that helps our chapter provide the support patients and families need living with ALS,” said Steve Wallace, the Tennessee Chapter’s CEO.

The walk is free to participate in, but donations are greatly appreciated. All funds raised will be donated to the chapter. That money stays right here in Tennessee, providing equipment and services to help local ALS patients and their families cope with the deadly disease.

The Borden Park event will include music, refreshments and community building from all walks of life and relationships and stages of the disease.

To register, visit the chapter’s website at web.alsa.org/tricitiestn.

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