Tri-Cities Will Walk to Defeat ALS® on Saturday, October 22, 2022
The ALS Association Holds Walk to Support People
Living with ALS with a Walk Your Way Challenge
On October 22, 2022, people living with ALS, family members, friends, caregivers, and others impacted by ALS will join the fight to find a cure at the Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS® in a Walk Your Way challenge. ALS, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive motor neuron disease, which gradually robs people of their ability to walk, talk, swallow, and eventually breathe. ALS has no known cause or cure, but the Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol communities are rallying together to do whatever it takes to change that.
The ALS community will creatively come together safely in the location of their choosing to honor a loved one with the disease, to remember those who have passed, and to raise awareness and critical fundraising support for the fight against ALS. We’re looking forward to walking virtually as a community to unite and raise funds for those living with ALS. Each year, we drive bold and urgent innovation as we march together toward a cure for ALS. While we won’t physically gather as a community, there are many ways to get creative with how you Walk Your Way. Walk, run, hike, play baseball, host a cookout – your Walk day can look however you want!
With only two to five years to live, people living with ALS like have an urgent need, and the community is stepping in to fill it by walking for those who can’t. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s signature event in which all funds directly support cutting-edge research, programs, and patient care. Last year’s event raised more than $31,000 with 60 Walkers.
Participants can register at www.walktodefeatALS.org, or by phone at 865-344-0815. All registered participants who raise $100 or more receive a commemorative t-shirt. Supporters who register or make donations online are not required to attend the Walk.
About ALS and The ALS Association
Every 90 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with ALS.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are more likely to develop ALS than the general population. There is currently no known cause or cure.
The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting ALS on every front. By integrating local care services, cutting-edge global research, and nationwide advocacy on behalf of those living with ALS, the Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
The ALS Association provides patients and caregivers in Tennessee — at no cost — with respite care, equipment loan, augmentative communication and assistive technology programs, as well as nutritional supplements, transportation and emergency assistance.
To learn more about The ALS Association’s local care services programs, visit www.als.org or contact us at 615-331-5556