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Forest Park the site of ALS fundraiser

SPRINGFIELD -- Join the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter and walk for those who can't with over 800 pALS (persons with ALS), family members and friends at the second annual Springfield Walk to Defeat ALS on Sept. 25 at Forest Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. rain or shine. Each step raises funds to support global lifesaving ALS research and provide critical patient services, with this year's goal set at $90,000. Walkers can choose from one and 2.8-mile routes, beginning and ending at Forest Park. Join us after the walk for a free snack with friends. Call 888-CURE-ALS or visit web.alsa.org/SpringfieldWalk to find out how you can bring us one step closer to a cure. Those who cannot join us on Sept. 25 can sign up as virtual walkers. For more details please contact Terri Handler at (781) 255-8884. Media sponsors for the event include Mix 93.1, Talk 560 and CBS 3 TV. Permobil and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care are the national sponsors of the Walk to Defeat ALS. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. More commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS causes patients to lose the ability to speak, move, swallow and breathe. An estimated 30,000 Americans are living with ALS, and patients typically die within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no known cause, cure or effective treatment yet. The only ALS-related organization in Massachusetts fighting ALS on all fronts, The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter provides care today while supporting hope for tomorrow by providing direct patient services in addition to funding research and advocating for patients. Hundreds of ALS patients statewide receive free services including individualized case management, a respite care grant program, an equipment loan program, support groups and more.

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