11 a.m. registration, walk begins at noon, Sept. 22, Esther Short Park, 610 Esther St. A 3-mile, noncompetitive walk. Free to participate, but walkers who raise at least $25 receive a t-shirt. Leashed dogs are welcome to walk with their owners. * Registration: www.WalktoDefeatALS.org, email email@example.com or call 800-681-9851, extension 2.
Many people know amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as Lou Gehrig's Disease, named after the baseball player who retired in 1939 because of it. Since Gehrig's diagnosis, hundreds of thousands of Americans have died from ALS. Yet, far too little is known about what causes this neurodegenerative disease that in three to five years, robs a person of their ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe.