The ALS Association

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Mark Your Calendar: Walk to Defeat ALS® Season Is Here!

February 2, 2015

This June will mark the third year that Vickie Mitsdarfer’s family has participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS. It also coincides with the third anniversary of her husband’s heartbreaking ALS diagnosis.

The Mitsdarfer family’s Walk team t-shirt. Image courtesy of the Mitsdarfer Family

The Mitsdarfer’s will join together with friends and family to walk with the hope that one day a cure can be discovered. Her 10-year-old son, Gavin who she describes as “a very cool and outgoing kid,” will lead the family’s fundraising efforts to support The Association’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter. In years past, Gavin and his friends have gone door-to-door selling homemade sandwiches and even their own artwork. Their efforts have raised hundreds of dollars and vital awareness for this disease that impacts as many as 30,000 Americans at any given time.

Beginning in late February, Walk to Defeat ALS events will take place in communities across the country. More than 180 Walks are scheduled to take place through November. The Walk draws people of all ages and athletic abilities coming together to honor a loved one with the disease, to remember those who’ve passed and to show their support for the cause.

Mitsdarfer encourages those whose lives have never been touched by ALS to consider getting involved, “Because you never know. ALS could strike your family or friends anytime. Because there is no cure, we need everyone who can to walk.”

More than 150,000 participated in Walks to support The ALS Association and its mission last year. The events raised more than $32 million in support of care services, scientific research and public policy efforts at the federal, state and local levels.       

“Whether you walk as a member of a corporate team, or with family and friends, these events provide an important opportunity to raise awareness and bring those touched by ALS together with the common goal of supporting our mission priorities. These priorities include care services, advocacy, and research to find treatments and a cure. Our chapters are here to support all families living with ALS,” said Barbara J. Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association.

The ALS Association has produced a public service announcement (PSA), which viewers can watch on our You Tube Channel.  Television stations interested in airing the PSA may contact their local ALS Association chapter.

Those interested in participating in a Walk to Defeat ALS event can visit:

Read the press release.

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