Local walk supports Lou Gehrig’s disease research

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Six upcoming fundraiser walks in the area will benefit families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The events will raise money for research and support for families living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that in three to five years takes away a person’s ability to walk, speak, swallow and, eventually, breathe.

The Southwest Washington Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at noon Sept. 22 at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

There is no fee to participate, however, donations are encouraged. Walkers who raise $25 or more are eligible to receive an event T-shirt. Volunteers and supporters are needed.

To sign up for the walk, visit http://www.walktodefeatALS.org, email walk@alsa-or.org or call 800-681-9851, ext. 2.