Walk to End ALS

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By Nick Seebruch
Walk to End ALS
Chloe and Alexis Lalonde cut the ribbon at the ALS Walk on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Chloe and Alexis come from a family where a number of members were afflicted with ALS (NIck Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – The annual Walk to End ALS took place on Saturday, June 1 at St. Lawrence College.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a degenerative diseases that impairs the use of muscles. There is currently no cure and the disease is fatal.

There are one-to-two Canadians diagnosed with ALS every day.

The walk hoped to raise $35,000 to help fight ALS. Of the money raised, 60 per cent would be used to fund equipment and support services for patients living with ALS and the rest would be used for research to end ALS.

The walk was previously known as the Walk for ALS, but Master of Ceremonies Thom Racine stated that this year’s event had gone through a re-branding.

“We are not walking for ALS, we are walking to end ALS,” he said.

The 5km walk began at St. Lawrence College and followed the Cornwall bike path towards the Nav Centre.

The event had a silent auction, 50/50 draw and BBQ.

Sponsors of the event was the Law firm of Christopher Griggs, St. Lawrence College, Cardinal Meats, Roy’s Flowers, No Frills, Tim Hortons and Farm Boy.

Seaway News was a media sponsor of the walk.

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