More than 1,300 people are expected to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease during the Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday morning at Werner Park in Papillion.
ALS is a degenerative, fairly rare disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. As it progresses, it eventually attacks every system in the body.
“It takes away your mobility. You become completely paralyzed,” said Sherrie Hanneman, the event coordinator and director of communications for the local chapter of the ALS Association. “It takes away your ability to eat so it affects your digestive system. Eventually you die of respiratory failure. Eventually everything just shuts down.”
Every 90 seconds someone is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 seconds the disease takes someone's life. The disease is always fatal. Most die within two to five years of their diagnosis.
“If we're going to keep up with this disease, we have to throw money at research,” Hanneman said.
Organizers hope to raise $160,000 toward research to find a cure.
The walk begins at 10 a.m. Check-in is at 9 a.m. There is no registration fee to participate, though organizers ask for donations.
You can donate or sign up online or in person the day of the walk.
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