Seventh Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS® set for August 23 | Events

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Seventh Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS® set for August 23
Seventh Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS® set for August 23
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The 7th Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS® will take place at Hayford Park on Thirteenth Street, Saturday, August 23. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The Walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. following guest speakers from The Jackson Laboratory and The ALS Association’s Northern New England office.

The Walk’s message again this year is “Hope for the Future,” according to Janice Von Brook, chair of the Walk, who added that ALS is a devastating but relatively little-known disease.  She explained, “It takes all one’s effort and energy to manage the disease whether you are the patient or the caregiver.  The Bangor Walk is focused on hope as we raise money for research and patient services; raise awareness so that more research dollars can be directed to finding a cure; and enjoy a celebratory day greeting old friends and new and having some fun!   It is enormously encouraging to patients and their families to see hundreds of people come out to support them.”

The Walk has seen growth with friends, family members, caregivers and fighters all gathering together to lead the way in giving help and hope to those facing ALS. Bangor’s first Walk in 2008 began with 12 teams, 141 participants, and raised a little over $27,000. In 2013 the Walk grew to 28 teams with nearly 300 participants, and raised almost $50,000. This year, Walk organizers hope to reach a goal of 400 walkers collecting a total of $60,000.