Updated 04/14/2012 04:14 PM
Walk to Defeat ALS attracts hundreds to downtown Greensboro
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GREENSBORO—Walkers put their best foot forward to support people living with Lou Gehrig's disease.
The walk to defeat ALS brought people together Saturday morning at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro. Hundreds of walkers hit the pavement to support ALS research.
ALS is often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. It is a condition that affects nerves and muscles that can ultimately lead to paralysis. The disease has no cure, but the supporters are working to raise money in hopes of someday finding one.
"In North Carolina it affects about 600 people at any given time and in the United States about 30,000 people at any given time," said Jerry Dawson of the ALS Association.
The ALS Association reports about 30,000 Americans have the disease. It is a neuromuscular disease that slowly affects basic functions like a person's ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.
For Ashley Shelton, she walked in memory of her mother who died two years ago from the disease.
"Her name was Amelia Shelton, but she had a nickname, Roxie, so that's what we named the team after. The one good thing about ALS is it gives you the chance to say and do everything that you want to do and make sure nothing is left unsaid and you have no regrets," said Shelton.
The money raised on Saturday is going to benefit North Carolina's Jim Catfish Hunter chapter of the ALS Association, which will help support local patients and families living with ALS. The organization raised over 200,000 dollars, beating last year's total of 160,000.