Close to 100 people braved the wet weather to take part in the 8th Vernon WALK for ALS Saturday at Polson Park.
The event featured a silent auction, fire department send off, a kids Cake Walk, and raised $25,321.
“The ALS Society of BC congratulates first time coordinator Jennifer Jeyes, and her volunteer committee, for a great event that raised $25,321,” says a news release.
Sixty percent of the funds will support direct services for people living with ALS and their families provided by the ALS Society of BC, while forty percent supports ongoing ALS research, through the Canadian ALS Research Program.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles lose strength, atrophy and die. ALS can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind.