Walk to Defeat ALS Draws 100s

Posted on September 24, 2011

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Walking may seem like an everyday thing to do, but this past Saturday, it was for a good cause. Emerald Isle’s Walk to Defeat ALS saw hundreds of supporters flocking to the island to raise money and awareness for the disease. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is neuromuscular, and leaves the victim paralyzed.

Among the crowd was a group of over 300 Marines, who helped to lead the walk and encourage non-participants to join in. The three-mile journey began by the Holiday Trav-L Park, where people at first gathered to mingle and chat with affected families.

Not all of the participants walked, howeversome chose to run, skateboard, bike, or even ride golf carts to the finish line.

Kim Hebert, who has began organizing the events since 2003, says that the walks are “all over the country” but that “we have done well as a small town.” Her husband was afflicted with the disease in 1997, and since then she and her family have fought to find a cure. “ALS really does hinder us in some ways,” she says. “But our church and dear friends surround us with love and support, and it has made us stronger.”

Since its beginning seven years ago, the ALS Walk has raised over $500,000, of which 90% goes directly to research and families in need. Mrs. Hebert, along with her co-host Kelly Rogers, would like to thank all of the people who have shown support for relief. “Our town is unique and we are all blessed to be a part of the love we share for one another.”

Reported by Logan Haithcock

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