Dressed in their finest purple shirts, nearly 150 people of all ages participated in the Walk For ALS Sunday to raise awareness and find a cure.
The neurodegenerative disease affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord leading to a loss of mobility as the brain loses its ability to communicate with the body’s muscles. Executive Director of the BC/Yukon ALS Society, Wendy Toyer, says there are about 400 people in B.C. living with the disease.
The Prince George walk hopes to reach its goal of 14 thousand dollars in funds raised for ALS. Toyer says 40 per cent of the money will go towards ALS research, while the rest will support patients and family services in Prince George. “When ALS happens in the family it’s devastating to the person living with ALS physically, emotionally to the family, and financially to the family so this event helps us to support those families and research.”