Walk for ALS takes place Sept. 9 at Vernon’s Polson Park, with registration at 10 a.m. and the event beginning at 11 a.m. (photo submitted)

Walk for ALS draws near

The event takes place Sept. 9 at Vernon’s Polson Park, with registration at 10 a.m. and the event beginning at 11 a.m.

  • Aug. 23, 2017 7:30 a.m.

North Okanagan residents are getting ready for the Walk for ALS.

The event takes place Sept. 9 at Vernon’s Polson Park, with registration at 10 a.m. and the event beginning at 11 a.m.

“Everyone is invited and welcome to join this family friendly event,” said Wendy Toyer, ALS Society of B.C. executive director.

“You are encouraged to register as an individual or team online at walkforals.ca to avoid lineups at the registration table, and to save administration costs.”

The five-kilometre walk gives people the chance to raise funds and awareness for those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and their families. Leading up to the event, walkers collect pledges from family, friends, and colleagues who wish to sponsor them. On the day of the walk, participants can enjoy various activities organized by the volunteers.

“This event empowers people affected by ALS — the patients, families, friends, caregivers, and health care professionals — to take back some of what ALS has taken away,” said Toyer.

The Participation 150 Playlist entourage will be in attendance and includes four activity tents for all to enjoy.

Proceeds from the Walk for ALS go to the ALS Society of B.C. to provide support for people living with ALS and to invest in research to make the disease treatable not terminal. Register at www.walkforals.ca

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