BANGOR, Maine – The fifth annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS is set to take place Saturday, Aug. 25, at Hayford Park on Thirteenth Street. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Walk will begin at 10 a.m. after remarks from guest speakers from The Jackson Laboratory and The ALS Association’s Northern New England office.
“Our main goal this weekend is to have fun and at the same time spread awareness,” said Janice Von Brook, Bangor’s Walk chairwoman. “Many families are providing care for their loved ones battling ALS or remembering those they have lost. This walk is a way for all of us to find support, get involved and help find a cure. Five years is a big milestone for us and we hope to continue to grow – as we have – year after year.”
The Walk has seen growth with friends, family members, caregivers and fighters gathering 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 over $27,000. In 2011 the Walk grew to 20 teams, 350 participants, and raised almost $50,000. This year, Walk organizers hope to reach a goal of 400 walkers collecting a total of $55,000.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration the day of the event is available. Dogs are welcome.