Beat Feet for ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” currently affects as many as 30,000 Americans, with an average of 15 people newly diagnosed daily. ALS has no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. It is a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. With ALS, those nerve cells begin to die, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis, and worsening respiratory functions. This will eventually lead to their death and usually within 5 years from their initial symptoms. As the disease progresses, it will affect all activities of daily living, including eating, dressing, writing, walking, breathing and talking. ALS is a relentless disease and there is no known cause or cure.
Every year, hundreds of people including ALS patients, families, friends, volunteers, and corporate leaders join together to raise funds in support of the Augusta and Macon ALS Clinics where they provide patient service programs and the latest trials in clinical research. This year, the ALS Clinic at Augusta University Neuroscience Center is hosting the BEAT FEET for ALS event at the Augusta Riverwalk. The walk is up to 3 miles and will include music, snacks, and fun activities for the whole family. To show support, ALS Walk T-shirts are worn; however, many teams create their own custom T-shirts to show their enthusiasm and team pride.
Our mission is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS by making cutting-edge research available, and to encourage and empower People with ALS (PALS) and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care, needed resources, and support as they battle this disease.
To donate, please go to our website, http://walk.alsgru.com/default.asp, where you can build a team and compete with others to raise money or you can donate individually. Sponsorships are also available to any businesses that wish to contribute. Every little bit helps and we are thankful for every penny!