Update: SaultOnline received an email from Brigitte Labby, Regional Manager for ALS Canada… “We raised nearly $15,000!!”. #SoProudToBeASaultite!!!
The Walk for ALS returned to Sault Ste. Marie after a ten year absence. It is a fun, family friendly event that occurs across the country once a year with 90 communities participating this year.
Emotions were high at the event, even Councillor Sheehan found it hard to keep his composure. Representing the city, he tried to make a short speech before the walk started but it was hard for him not to show his feelings. There were many that shed tears during this emotional moment.
The goal this year was between $12,000 and $20,000 and even before the walk started, the cash donations were in excess of $6,000.
ALS, often referred to as Lou Gerhrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.
Normally, once diagnosed with the disease, life span is fairly short. There are over 2000 Canadians living with it.