London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X

ALS walk London this year took place on 23rd of September and raised $203,095. The only aim behind the walk for ALS is to empower people suffering from the disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

ALS is a life threatening disease which affects the human brain, because of which the brain is no longer able to interact with the other muscles of the body which helps the human body to make movement. Therefore, Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as motor neuron disease (ALS) paralyzes the person.

  • This disease usually strikes between age 40 and 60.
  • More men are affected than women.
  • Nobody is aware of the cause yet.
  • It is incurable.

ALS is one of the most dangerous disease that exists in the medical world. A person suffering from this disease eventually loses the ability to talk, walk, eat, think, and breathe.

“It is not a contagious disease, unfortunately there are no treatments of cure for it.” Says Colleen McGee. She further elaborates, “I’ve lost my mother to it 11 years ago. It was painful to see her suffering “.

Colleen McGee has been volunteering for the ALS walk for awareness in London from the past 10 years now. She started working towards the cause in the memory of her mother.

Approximately 80% of the people die within two or five years of being diagnosed. About 3000 people are currently living with ALS and 2-3 people lose the battle to the disease each day in the country.

“It is unfortunate that a lot of people are suffering from it globally.” Says Patricia Regier who is the member of ALS walk for awareness London. She added, “I started coming for the walk 3 years ago, just feel proud that I’m a part of something so special.”

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