Walk this way: ‘The Walk to De­feat ALS’

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More than1,000 peo­ple will gather March 2 at T-Y Park for “The Walk to De­feat ALS.”

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, pro­gres­sively par­a­lyzes those di­ag­nosed, at­tack­ing nerve cells and path­ways in the brain or spinal cord.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the race be­gins at 8:30 a.m.; the walk starts at 10 a.m. En­try is free, though par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to fundraise. T-Y (Topee­keegee-Yugnee) Park is lo­cated at 3300N. Park Blvd., Hol­ly­wood.

ALS is a pro­gres­sive, fa­tal neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive disease for which there is no known cause or cure. Pro­ceeds raised through the walk will sup­port pa­tient care and com­fort, as well as re­search for treat­ments and a cure.

ALS pa­tients, in­clud­ing those in wheel­chairs, will hit the pave­ment to raise­money for a cure. Many walk­ers have a loved one fight­ing the disease or will be walking in me­mory of some­one.

The “Walk to De­feat ALS” is the as­so­ci­a­tion’s sig­na­ture event; all funds di­rectly sup­port cut­ting-edge re­search, pro­grams and pa­tient care. Last year, the walks raised more than $1 mil­lion in the state of Florida.

The ALS As­so­ci­a­tion Florida Chap­ter is part of a na­tion­wide net­work of lo­cal chap­ters with the same vi­sion – a world with­out ALS. Through care, ad­vo­cacy, re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port, the or­ga­ni­za­tion strives to em­power those with ALS to live fuller lives. For­more in­for­ma­tion about the ALS As­so­ci­a­tion Florida Chap­ter, visit www.ALSAFL.org.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the walk, visit www.Walk­toDe­featALS.org or call 888-257-1717, ext. 126.

Elizabeth Clif­ford, left, Ann Adams-Hove, Donna Bor­land, Karla Newell, John Whitt, Jill Beach, Sharon Kelts, Pete Vie Brock, Kathy Ran­sone, Ericka McCul­lough and Larry McDermott

John Cole­man-Gil­son, left, Ida Gaudet, Deb Gaudet, Rich Knee­land, Scott Leikala, Jed Gold­ing, Ca­role D’Ausilio, Ge­org­yne Nawrot and Stu­art Belof­sky

Tammy Al­bert, 8, front left, and Mor­ton Al­bert; Luis Lloret, back left, Re­nee Lloret, Mil­li­cent McFar­quhar, Laura Tromberg and Sam Al­bert

ALS fight­ers Mau­reen Cathy Lamb-Abramson, front left, and Mor­ton Al­bert will par­tic­i­pate with their team­mates Mer­lene Green, back left, Gary Abramson, Mil­li­cent McFar­quhar and Re­nee Lloret

Tina Rodriguez, left, Hec­tor Rodriguez, Ni­cole Cre­spo, Linda Des­ta­sio, Alexis Cre­spo, 9, Jill Cre­spo, Alexis Rodriguez, Jose Teran and Del­cia Cre­spo

Lo­gan Aversa, 13, front left, Blake Aversa, 7, Har­ris Aversa, 9, and Han­nah Aversa, 10; Francesca Marinello, 13, back left, Linda Aversa, Joseph Aversa, Lau­rie Marinello and Erica Biorge

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