Walk for ALS registration

Registration is now open for the ninth edition of the Red Deer Walk for ALS.

Registration is now open for the ninth edition of the Red Deer Walk for ALS.

The 4.5-km walk on June 23 is hosted by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Alberta.

Sixty per cent of the donations will stay in Alberta for client support and 40 per cent will go to the National ALS Research to help find a cause and a cure.

ALS is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a rapidly progressive and ultimately fatal neuromuscular disorder that causes the degeneration of a select group of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

The walk occurs across the country each year in more than 84 communities and it is organized by local volunteers. In 2011, the event generated more than $3 million in Canada.

Red Deer’s 2011 walk brought in roughly $110,000.

Each participant that registers on-line is able to set up a personal web-page with access to on-line fund raising tools.

The walk is open to the general public but people are asked to leave their dogs at home.

There will be live music and a barbecue.

The walk starts at 10 a.m. at the Little Chief Park in Bower Ponds. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

To register or for more information, contact Michelle Parker at 403-342-5730 or Debroah Hansen at 403-358-9999, or visit www.walkforals.ca.