Contact:
Stephanie Dufner
The ALS Association
(831) 869-1432
sdufner@alsa-national.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS® Season Begins at The ALS Association

Washington, D.C. (February 20, 2014) — On Saturday, March 1, the 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS season begins.  The season runs through November with 170 events taking place in communities across the country. These events provide an opportunity to raise awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and support the mission of The ALS Association.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.

The Walk brings hope to those living with ALS and a chance for individuals with the disease and their families and friends to spend a day with others in the ALS community. People participate in the Walk to honor or remember a loved one with the disease, to show their support for the cause, or to walk as a member of a corporate team.

In 2014, The ALS Association is proud to include Pride Mobility Products Corporation, Quantum Rehab, NuMotion, Permobil and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity as members of our Premier National Teams.

Approximately 175,000 people participated in Walks to support The ALS Association last year. Events in 2013 raised $23.5 million in support of care services, ALS research and public policy efforts at the federal, state and local levels.

“The Walk galvanizes members of the ALS community,” said Jane H. Gilbert, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “It provides people with the opportunity to make a positive impact in educating their communities about the disease.”

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 walktodefeatals.org.

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.

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