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Walk to dfeet ALS: October 19, 2002

On October 19, 2002 the Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association held a "Walk to dfeet ALS." The walk was a fund raiser to support services for those who are facing Lou Gehrig's Disease and research to find a cure. The event was held at Seward Park in Seattle Washington.

The following quote is from a web site titled A.L.S. A Beginner's Manual. by Cecil Neth, Amily, and Friends.
ALS is a disorder of the anterior horn cells in the spinal cord. The horn cells control muscle movement. ALS wastes the skeletal muscles. Voluntary movements from the neck down are lost. So, often, is the ability to speak and swallow. The heart and other internal organs work. Patients remain in control of eye muscles and bladder and bowel functions. They can hear. The mind is active, retaining what once researcher termed "totally preserved cognitive clarity and psychic energy." The sexual appetite persists---a bit of cosmic mischief amid the ruins.

Fourteen new cases of ALS are diagnosed daily in the USA with an average life expectancy after diagnosis of 2 to 5 years. Ninety percent of cases strike people with no family history of the disease!

Please visit the ALS Association - Evergreen Chapter for more information on ALS and to support their work with your financial contribution.

(Seward Park October 19, 2002; 5 miles 1.5 hours)

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Heather, an ALS patient for a remarkable 17 years, participated in the walk to dfeet ALS on her specially made recumbent tricycle. Valentina, just 8 years old, doing her part to help those with ALS.
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Gary, Heather's husband, walks along side Heather. Sorry for cutting off your head and shoulders Gary. A picture of the masses participating in the walk. Here I am, trying hard not to be over taken by Heather on her bike.
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Celia and Heather head down the home stretch. Celia has to jog to keep up with Heather!

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Sony DCR-PC100 1-mega pixel camera. Email me if you would like a higher resolution version of any of these pictures.