Walk to Defeat ALS takes place Sunday in Roanoke, hopes to raise $60K

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Sunday’s weather could not have been more perfect for a walk – especially for a walk to raise money for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Roanoke Walk took place at Hollins University and was meant to raise money and awareness of this disease that inflicts thousands every year.

The ALS Association describes the disease as “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.”

Sunday’s event was emceed by WFXR News’ Hazelmarie Anderson who was excited to be a part of the event.

“It was a great honor to meet those living with ALS and hearing their stories was inspiring. To see the outpouring of support and love was amazing. An witnessing everyone’s continued support and effort in finding a cure for ALS showcases the best of what humanity has to offer.”

Hazelmarie Anderson, WFXR News and emcee of the ALS Roanoke Walk

As of 12 p.m., the Roanoke Walk raised over $43,000 for ALS with the ultimate goal of $60,000. To donate to the cause, click here.

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