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Community Members Raise Money for ALS

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Walkers of all ages laced up their shoes at Sertoma Park this morning to help raise some money for Lou Gehrig's disease.

ALS is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system, which results in a gradual wasting away of voluntary muscles, and that often leads to complete paralysis. The life expectancy of a person living with ALS is usually two to five years from the time of diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure for ALS, and organizers of today's event say the disease not only affects the patient, but also the family, which is why community support is much needed.
"ALS is such a devastating disease and those that are affected know that it is a terminal disease," says event coordinator, Chelsea Cronin. "The average life expectancy is two to four years and in that time it's not only taxing on the person living with the disease, but also those that are caring for them. It's very demanding of your time and energy - of your emotions and everything.
Today's event raised $24,000. 
 
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