The ALS Association

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Carrie Munk
The ALS Association
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Registration for the 2015 Walk to Defeat ALS® Season Opens in Select Cities Across the Country

Washington, D.C. (February 2, 2015) — The ALS Association will host more than 180 Walk to Defeat ALS events in communities across the country beginning this month through November. Walk participants are vital to helping raise awareness and provide valuable support to ensure The ALS Association can continue its mission to serve those coping with the disease while continuing its quest to create a world without ALS.  

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) that modestly extends survival.

Heather Hildebrand of York, Pa., exemplifies why the Walk to Defeat ALS means so much to those whose lives have been touched by ALS. “I was overwhelmed by how many people I was able to get together who wanted to support me,” said Hildebrand in reference to the team she formed last year.

“Joining the Walk to Defeat ALS is an important way to show that you care about and support those whose daily lives have been upended by this tragic disease,” said Barbara J. Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “In that spirit of compassion, we encourage everyone who can to come out and support those living with ALS in their community.”

Last year, the Walk to Defeat ALS attracted more than 150,000 participants and raised more than $32 million in support of care services, scientific research and public policy efforts at the federal, state and local levels.

Hildebrand’s family is just one of the countless many whom the Walk to Defeat ALS directly benefits. She and her family work closely with The Association’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Hildebrand said, “They helped me get a caregiver in my house, deal with the diagnosis, find adaptive products and so much more!”

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:

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

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