This Saturday, thousands of people will walk through Ballantyne Corporate Park to raise money and support for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
This is one of seven walks around the country in support of ALS and serves as the main source of funds for PALS (People with ALS) and their families throughout North Carolina. The goal this year is to raise $225,000 to support families and fund research. A patient diagnosed with the disease, which attacks the nerve cells and affects voluntary muscle movement, usually lives for only two to five more years and requires constant care. To provide the care ALS patients need, it costs an average of $200,000 per year per family.
Some walk teams consist of only a couple people, while others are as large as 100. Some sign up as virtual walkers because they can no longer walk.