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Walk For ALS Today in Williams Lake

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The community of Williams Lake will be teaming up against ALS and showing their support for Canadians living with the disease this morning.

This year’s Walk for ALS will be held on Saturday, June 24 at Boitanio Park. The Walk will start at 11 am, with check-in at 10 am.

The 5km walk gives people the chance to raise funds and awareness for those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and their families.

“The Walk for ALS across Canada is the signature event to raise awareness and funds for patient services for people living with ALS, and the Canadian ALS Research Program,” said Wendy Toyer, Executive Director of the ALS Society of BC. “The impact is twofold; aside from raising funds and awareness, this event empowers people affected by ALS–the patients, families, friends, caregivers, and health care professionals–to take back some of what ALS has taken away.”

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Proceeds from the Walk for ALS go to the ALS Society of BC to provide support for people living with ALS and to invest in research to make the disease treatable not terminal.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die. ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind.

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