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Sunday's Nelson ALS walk raises more than $25,000 to fund research

The 11th annual West Kootenay Walk for ALS on Sunday once again attacted a host of walkers, riders and runners supporting the cause.

The walk, held at Lakeside Park in Nelson, attracted more than 100 participants and, to date, has raised more than $25,000 toward funding research and to provide support for those living with ALS.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neuromuscular disease that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles.

When these muscles fail to receive messages, they lose strength, atrophy and die, leaving the person immobilized.

Right now, the ALS community has a reason to be hopeful. Over the past decade the average lifespan of people living with ALS has extended by a full year.

Novel uses of new technologies and drug therapies hold exciting potential for today’s patients to function, communicate, and live with greater comfort than ever before. We need your help to ensure research continues move forward.

The walk was spearheaded by West Kootenay Walk for ALS Coordinator Gord Shannon.