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Clarenville Walk to End ALS set for June 9

['<p>Last year’s ALS Walk in Clarenville saw a large turnout.</p>']
A file photo of an ALS walk in Clarenville.

Walkers in Clarenville will join thousands across Canada this June in the annual Walk to End ALS.

Locally run in the province by the ALS Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Cal Cole is one of the society’s members.

Formed by family members of those suffering from ALS more than 20 years ago, the walk to end ALS has joined the rest of the country in recent years to fundraise for the cause.

In Clarenville alone, past walks have raised more than $100,000. It’s one of the most successful walks in the province.

According to Cole, 60 per cent of amounts raised stay in the province to provide supports and equipment for ALS victims and their families.

The remainder is contributed to national research of the disease.

Cole says the goal for this year’s walk is to surpass last year’s fundraising total. They depend on donations from businesses, organizations and individuals in the community.

“As in past years, any contribution you make will have a significant impact on the lives of those coping now and in the future with ALS,” said Cole.

The walk will be held on Sunday, June 9. For those interested in participating, registration begins at 1 p.m. at Easy Street Pub on Manitoba Drive. After the walk begins at 2 p.m., the group returns to the pub for refreshments and entertainment.

“All families and friends of ALS victims in Clarenville and the area – and the whole ALS community – will always be appreciative of your support,” says Cole.

For more information on the ALS Society, the walk, looking to start your own walk, get a pledge sheet or make a donation, call 466-2430 or 427-1255.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a degenerative neuromuscular disease affecting motor neurons. This results in complete paralysis and death usually within two to five years after diagnosis.

There is no known cause, treatment or cure for the disease that can strike anyone at any age.

As the disease progresses, a person becomes totally paralyzed while the mind and senses remain unaffected.

Simple tasks such as talking, walking and eating become increasingly difficult and then impossible as the muscles waste away.

The financial burden to families is great but the emotional cost is incalculable.

SOURCE: ALS Society of N.L.

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