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20th Annual Walk to Defeat ALS® Returns to Winston-Salem April 27

20th Annual Walk to Defeat ALS® Returns to Winston-Salem April 27

RALEIGH, NC – On Saturday, April 27, The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter will hold the 20th annual Winston-Salem Walk to Defeat ALS®, a 1.5-mile stroll around BB&T Field. Nearly 1,000 people annually gather for the Walk, which will start at 10 a.m. with registration and pre-Walk festivities starting at 9.

The ALS Association’s premiere fundraising event, the Walk to Defeat ALS® raises money and awareness for the fight againstamyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” ALS robs people of the ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe. It traps them inside a body they no longer can control.

In addition to a spirited walk around the stadium, the Winston-Salem Walk to Defeat ALS® will also feature music and kid-friendly activities such as face painting, a speed-pitch inflatable and a photo booth. The Winston-Salem Walk to Defeat ALS® is one of six throughout North Carolina, which collectively raised $1.2 million last year. Harris Teeter, Med Emporium, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Professional Healthcare Inc. (PHI) and Stalls Medical are statewide sponsors of The Walk to Defeat ALS®.

Money raised at the Walk will benefit The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter, which focuses on helping people living with ALS in North Carolina and their families, as well as finding cures and treatments for the disease through research and advocacy. The North Carolina Chapter serves approximately 800 people living with ALS each year by supporting all of the state’s multidisciplinary ALS clinics, providing financial assistance to people living with ALS and operating support groups and a medical equipment loan program.

“There has been tremendous progress in the fight against ALS since the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” said Jerry Dawson, president and CEO of The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. “The ALS Association has committed more than $89 million to research since the Ice Bucket Challenge. We are currently funding almost 110 research projects in 13 countries. We are working hard to keep the momentum going and will not rest until there is a cure.”

Winston-Salem Walk to Defeat ALS®
Saturday, April 27
Registration and pre-Walk festivities: 9 a.m. Walk: 10 a.m.BB&T Field (499 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem 27105)www.alsnc.org, (877) 568-4347, Walk@alsnc.org

About The Walk to Defeat ALS®

The Walk to Defeat ALS® raises funds to sustain patient care and support ALS research. This year, 185 walks will be held across the country. Since 2000, the events have raised more than $276 million to support the vision of The ALS Association – to create a world without ALS. The Walk empowers people with ALS, their families, friends and the business community to fight back against a disease that leaves many feeling powerless.

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 www.alsnc.org.

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