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Saturday May 12th, in honor of my grandmother, my mother and I will be walking in the ALS Walk & Run in Marcy, NY to raise money for the ALS of Utica. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and improving the quality of life of patients battling ALS in Oneida and Herkimer Counties.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a fatal disease that attacks the nerve cells (motor neurons) in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement and muscle power, eventually leaving the patient completely paralyzed. As the muscles waste away, a person with ALS loses their ability to walk, speak, swallow, and eventually breathe. Yet in most patients their mind remains unaffected. An ALS diagnosis proves fatal in an average of three to five years.
ALS is not a rare disease. A little over 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year, every 90 minutes someone dies of ALS. ALS can strike anyone, at any age, without regard to race or ethnic background. Approximately 80% of cases begin between 40-70 years of age
My grandmother, Ethel Volk, was afflicted with this fatal disease. My mother and I will be walking in honor of her to help raise awareness for this disease and money for this wonderful organization.
Many thanks for your support.