Walk in Poughkeepsie to Benefit ALS Patients
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – In 1939, Lou Gehrig stood on the field of Yankee Stadium and spoke about his battle with ALS. Now, 74 years later, a group of New Yorkers continue taking a stand against what has become commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Notre Dame Club of the Hudson Valley is sponsoring the fifth annual Walk to Defeat ALS on the Walkway Over The Hudson. The event will be hosted by the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter and 1,500 people are expected to attend the event.
President and CEO of the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter,Dorine Gordon, said that the group is excited to bring the walk to the Hudson Valley.
“This is one of the most scenic ALS walks in the country and it continues to grow year after year, thanks to the tremendous support from the local community,” Gordon said. “We are so grateful for their dedication to helping people with ALS and funding research to one day eradicate Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
Les McCarthy, co-chair of the walk who helped organize the first one in 2009 said he was “humbled” by the support of the Hudson Valley given to ALS patients and their families since the walk began.
“We walked then, and every year since, in memory of our club member, Gus Raspitha, who had died of ALS in the spring of 2009,” McCarthy said. “To think that last year the walk attracted more than 1,400 people and raised more than $193,000 is a dream come true.”
All funds raised from the walk will go to support research and local patient and family programs for those suffering from ALS. Those wishing to participate in the walk will need to check-in at 9:30 a.m. on the Highland side of the Walkway. The Marist College cheerleaders and women’s basketball coach Brian Giorgis will greet participants. The event will feature live music, food and children’s activities.
Those interested in creating a walk team, or to donate money can visit the Hudson Valley Walk to Defeat ALS web page at www.alswalks.org.