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Magic City Comes Together for ALS Benefit Walk

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ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, affects about 30,000 people in the United States every year, and about 60 people here in North Dakota.  

It's a disease that essentially causes the muscles in the body to become un-responsive, leading to paralysis. There is no cure or treatment, making continued research extremely important.

And earlier today, the Minot community came together for the 5th annual ALS Benefit Walk. A group of about 200 people came together to walk a few miles in honor of those individuals and families dealing with the debilitating disease. The group was able to raise more than 30 thousand dollars for ALS research. When ALS takes over a person's body, their life span is significantly decreased.
"Right now the average time someone has between diagnosis and the end of their disease is two to five years, and so what we're here today to do is live the most full life they can, while at the same time we're working for finding treatments so people can be living longer, and much better lives and then of course a cure," says Minn/ND/SD ALS Association Director, Jennifer Hjelle. 
The Bismarck community will host an ALS walk later this month on the 31st.
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