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{mosimage}The Triangle Walk to D'Feet ALS will take place October 25 in Morrisville. The Walk to Defeat ALSTM is The ALS Association's national signature event. Each year, over 100,000 people including ALS patients, families, friends and corporate leaders join together to raise funds in support of The Association’s cutting-edge research and community-based patient services programs. Now in its ninth year, approximately 150 Walks will be held around the country. We are proud to announce that in 2007 the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter's Walks raised over $700,000 with seven Walks, and hopes to raise even more in 2008.

This year the Chapter's goal is to raise $600,000 with six Walks for continued programs and services on a local and national level. This disease is cruel -- trapping you inside a painful shell of your former body without inhibiting your ability to understand, think and feel clearly and completely. It's like becoming imprisoned in your own body. Why Walk? Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose his or her life from the disease.

The Walk to Defeat ALSTM offers an exciting, empowering opportunity for patients, family members, friends, companies and organizations across the country to raise significant funds to support comprehensive patient service programs and research.

1. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages two to five years from the time of diagnosis.

2. Every 90 minutes someone in this country is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease.

3. ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease. Someone you know or love may die from ALS unless a cure is found.

4. Caring for a loved one with ALS costs on average of $200,000 each year. If walking is not for you, you may also help by contributing to a team financially. Every dollar counts, and every contribution is greatly appreciated. Please see the following website for detailed information about the walk and how to contribute. 2008 Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS