More than 600 people raised more than $55,000 in Fresno on Sunday in the fight against ALS — or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
They participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Woodward Park.
ALS affects as many as 30,000 people in the U.S. — 5,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.
The money raised in Fresno will go to research and to support services to families in the local area.
“ALS is such a devastating disease that robs you eventually of the ability to move, speak, swallow and breathe. So having a robust system of support is essential, said Fred Fisher of the ALS associate Golden West Chapter.
The fundraising for this event will continue through the end of the year. Donations can be made through the website: www.CentralValleyWalktoDefeatALS.org.