Walk to Defeat ALS is Saturday

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Gina Duwe
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What: Janesville Walk to Defeat ALS

When and where: Saturday, May 10 at Lion's Beach, 1401 Palmer Drive, Janesville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk is at 10 a.m.

Distance: About 2 miles

Purpose of walk: The ALS Association event raises awareness and money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—ALS—also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, according to the association's website. The degeneration of motor neurons eventually leads to death. There is no cure.

The Janesville walk is the only one in the south central region of Wisconsin, so walkers from Green, Dane, Walworth and Jefferson counties will be participating.

The event includes entertainment by Chris Kohn and others, as well as a raffle and silent auction. State Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, also will speak.

Goal: Last year's walk was a record-breaking year as walkers raised more than $65,000, organizers said. The goal is to top that amount this year.

For more information: Visit walktodefeatals.org and search for the Janesville walk or contact Natalie Jansky at natalie@alsawi.org or 262-784-5257.

Texas Roadhouse fundraiser: People can also raise money for the Walk to Defeat ALS by dining at Texas Roadhouse, 3201 Deerfield Drive, Janesville, from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Diners who present a flier for the cause will have 10 percent of their food purchases donated to the fundraiser. To print the flier, visit bit.ly/1qbsM0d.

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