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Seventh annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS set for Aug. 23

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine —  The seventh annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS® will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, at Hayford Park on 13th St. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. following guest speakers from The Jackson Laboratory and The ALS Association’s Northern New England office.

The walk’s message this year is “Hope for the Future,” according to Janice Von Brook, chair of the walk, who added that ALS is a devastating but relatively little-known disease. “It takes all one’s effort and energy to manage the disease whether you are the patient or the caregiver. The Bangor Walk is focused on hope as we raise money for research and patient services; raise awareness so that more research dollars can be directed to finding a cure; and enjoy a celebratory day greeting old friends and new and having some fun! It is enormously encouraging to patients and their families to see hundreds of people come out to support them,” she said in a press release.

The walk has seen growth with friends, family members, caregivers and fighters all gathering together to lead the way in giving help and hope to those facing ALS. Bangor’s first walk in 2008 began with 12 teams, 141 participants, and raised a little more than $27,000. In 2013, the walk grew to 28 teams with nearly 300 participants, and raised almost $50,000. This year, walk organizers hope to reach a goal of 400 walkers collecting a total of $60,000.

Sponsors so far include High Tech Entertainment and Canine Camp Getaway. There will be a Paws to Defeat ALS table, where well-behaved dogs are welcome.

To find out how to get involved, register a team or sign up to walk as an individual, visit www.walktodefeatals.org and click on Bangor, Maine, or find more ways to connect on Facebook at Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS. For any additional help, contact Janice Von Brook at 207-862-3182 or at kvf@tds.net.

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