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Stephanie Dufner
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The ALS Association Begins Its Fall Walk to Defeat ALS® Events

Washington, D.C. (August 6, 2013) - The ALS Association invites members of the ALS community and the general public to put their shoes on the ground and participate in upcoming Walk to Defeat ALS events across the country taking place now through November. This year, 170 Walks are scheduled to be held in the U.S.

The Walk to Defeat ALS provides those in the ALS community with the opportunity to interact and show their support in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS 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. People with ALS lose the power to use their legs, hold someone close, and simply say, “I love you,” before their bodies gradually shut down. There is no known cause of the disease, although military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.

Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes someone loses their battle to this fatal disease. Living with ALS can cost up to $250,000 annually, depleting families of all savings.

Recently, The Association produced a :60 public service announcement (PSA) that describes the Walk, which can be viewed on The Association’s You Tube Channel. Media outlets interested in accessing this PSA can contact their local ALS Association chapter.

“This public service announcement illustrates how ALS can affect anyone at any time,” says Jane H. Gilbert, President & CEO of The Association. “It also invites those who are unfamiliar with this disease to help us achieve our vision – to create a world without ALS.”

Current participants are invited to fundraise for their local fall Walks through the new mobile app, which is available for both the iPhone and Android.

“Our Walk supporters will find this app a fun and convenient way to raise funds for their Walk teams,” says Michelle Keegan, The Association’s Chief Development Officer.

Aside from backing from individual participants and their teams, The Association also receives support through its Premiere-level national teams, including Pride Mobility Products Corporation, Quantum Rehab and Permobil. Gold-level Walk teams include BAYADA Home Health Care and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. 

Approximately 175,000 people participated in Walk to Defeat ALS events around the nation in 2012, raising $21.7 million to support care services, research and public policy efforts at federal, state and local levels.  Since 2000, the nationwide events have experienced constant participant growth and have raised more than $159 million toward the goal of a world without ALS. 

To participate in a Walk to Defeat ALS event in your area, 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.  To learn more about The ALS Association, visit our website at

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