Advocates in search of a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease will gather to show support and help raise awareness while doing something those suffering from the disease eventually cannot: walk.
On March 24, the Georgia chapter of the ALS Association will hold the Augusta Walk to Defeat ALS at Riverwalk Augusta.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. after an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m..
The ALS Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research and fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The walk is free. Walkers can register as individuals or with a group either online or at the riverwalk before the event, and then raise contributions.
Proceeds will go to benefit the association’s research and programs.
“Something that makes the ALS (association) different is we provide services for our patients and caregivers,” said Liza Nordmark, the events and community relations coordinator for the group’s Georgia chapter. “We have an equipment loan program for patients, and we offer support groups. There are two clinics in Georgia, one of them in Augusta.”
Nordmark said the main purpose of the walk is to have fun while creating awareness.
“This is really a time where we celebrate our patients,” she said. “We support the cause and spread awareness about the disease, but really just have a good time. We are so excited about the event.”
For more information about the association and its events, go to www.alsa.org.